Whereas children in high-poverty neighborhoods lose on average 3-4 months of reading during the summer, consistently over 95% of similar children enrolled in AIC Freedom School actually maintain or gain in reading levels!

In addition to a multi-cultural, racially diverse literacy curriculum, students also participate in engaging enrichments and weekly adventure-filled field trips.

A hallmark of the Freedom School model is that it is staffed by Student Leader Interns (SLI’s) who are racially diverse and local to the community.  Each SLI completes extensive training at the Ella Baker Child Policy Training Institute at CDF’s Haley Farm in Clinton, Tennessee prior to starting. To get a glimpse inside the world of AIC SLIs, click the video below.

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CDF’s Freedom Schools were designed in 1995 by civil rights activist and early childhood educator Marian Wright Edelman. She was inspired by her own participation in the 1964 Freedom Schools in Mississippi. CDF’s Freedom Schools have grown into a national model with an award willing literacy-based curriculum and dynamic student and parent leadership development component.


More than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. As a result, low-income youth are less likely to graduate from high school or enter college and more likely to enter the juvenile justice system or prison. This Freedom School program changes that trajectory!

Watch the videos below to learn more about Freedom Schools:

Thanks to our 2019 Freedom School Funders and Partners:

Fisher Foundation, Inc.

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

United Way of the Capital Area

Avon Congregational Church

Buckingham Congregational Church

Congregational Church of South Glastonbury

First Church of Christ, Simsbury

First Church of Christ, Windsor

First Church of Christ, West Hartford

First Congregational Church of Granby

Immanuel Congregational Church, Hartford

Rocky Hill Congregational Church

Carolyn Brooks Burton

Marjorie N. Bishop

Paul Bobbitt

Jerry Cohen

Joyce H. Allen

Sarah Batchelder

Paul D. Bobbitt

The Cohen Family

Robert A. Cushman

Steven Derby

Eugene and Diane DeJoannis

Neal B. Freuden

James Funderburk

Douglas Wooten