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Reading is the key to unlocking a child’s limitless potential.

What is CDF Freedom Schools?

Every year, the CDF Freedom Schools program provides summer and after-school enrichment that helps children fall in love with reading, increases their self-esteem, and generates more positive attitudes toward learning. This summer at 17 CDF Freedom Schools sites across Texas, children will be taught using a model curriculum that supports children and families around five essential components:

High-Quality Academic Enrichment
Parent and Family Involvement
Civic Engagement and Social Action
Nutrition, Health and Mental Health
Intergenerational Leadership Development

2019 Summer Involvement

Student Scholars
Texas Sites
Servant Leader Interns
Read Aloud Guests

Find a CDF Freedom Schools® Site Near You

Select a city:

Fort Worth

All Fort Worth sites sponsored by AB Christian Learning Center.

For more info, call 817-457-3911 or email Executive Director Loretta Burns.


Waco sites sponsored by Baylor University School of Education.

For more info, call 254-710-6379 or email Executive Director Dr. Lakia Scott.


Greater Houston

All Houston-area sites sponsored by HYPE Freedom Schools, Inc.

For more info, call 832-510-0431 or email HYPE Freedom Schools, Inc.


Sponsored by HYPE Freedom Schools, Inc.

For more info, call 832-510-0431 or email HYPE Freedom Schools, Inc.


Sponsored by NIA Cultural Center.

For more info, call 409-765-7086 or email Executive Director Sue Johnson.


Sponsored by Welcome Table, Inc. (St. James Episcopal Church).

For more info, call 512-350-8139 or email Project Director Mila Jackson.

Want to be a Read Aloud Guest?

If you’re in the greater Houston area and want to make a difference in a child’s life this summer, be a Read Aloud guest at a CDF Freedoms Schools site near you! The gig is as simple as it sounds: you show up, participate in Harambee (the exciting kickoff for each day) then read a book to the scholars. This hour-long investment can have far-reaching effects as caring adults make space in their day to interact with these students eager to learn. Sign up today to ensure your preferred date is available.

Come ready to sing, chant, cheer, read, talk and GET HYPE!

HYPE Read Aloud Signup

CDF Freedom Schools Make the News

Waco, TX

Click the image to watch the concise yet comprehensive news story that outlines the CDF Freedom Schools model and highlights the remarkable things happening at the two Waco sites. Special thanks to KWTX Channel 10 for their work in capturing some great Freedom School moments.

Fort Worth, TX


Longtime Fort Worth ISD volunteer and community leader Loretta Burns is the recipient of the 2019 Heroes for Children Award for this region of Texas.

The award – announced by the State Board of Education – is bestowed on volunteers who have made outstanding contributions to student learning or who have demonstrated sustained periods of involvement and support of public education.

Ms. Burns will be honored on September 13 in Austin. Fort Worth ISD nominated Ms. Burns for her long-time advocacy for at-risk children.

“This is a prestigious award as Ms. Burns is one of only 15 recipients statewide,” said Superintendent Kent P. Scribner. “We are grateful for her commitment to the children of Fort Worth and continually inspired by her example of leadership in empowering and supporting our Fort Worth ISD families.”

Ms. Burns is the founder and executive director of AB Christian Learning Center which provides out-of-school time academic enrichment programs to vulnerable youth. As an extension of this work, she started the Freedom School in 2014. This free six-week program focuses on summer reading and cultural enrichment for disadvantaged youth.

Ms. Burns is also chairperson for the Historic Stop Six Initiative Parent Engagement Committee that advocates on behalf of parents to ensure they are made participants in any academic decision-making process. Additionally, she serves in leadership roles for a number of organizations and groups that empower parents through education. She’s also a member of the executive council of Read Fort Worth, a coalition of business and community leaders partnering with Fort Worth ISD in support of early literacy and the District’s 100X25 initiative (with a goal that 100 per cent of third-graders read at or above grade level by 2025.)

Read more about Ms. Burns’ life calling to create educational opportunities for underprivileged children >>

Founder & Executive Director of AB Christian Learning Center Loretta Burns will be honored by the state Board of Education.

Loretta Burns is the founder and executive director of AB Christian Learning Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

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