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The Greenwood Cultural Center is proud to present our annual


Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools® Program



The CDF Freedom Schools model incorporates the totality of the Children's Defense Fund's mission by fostering environments that support children and young adults to excel and believe in their ability to make a difference in themselves and in their families, schools, communities, nation, and world. College age young adults are trained as servant leader interns to deliver the integrated reading curriculum (IRC) and adults are trained as site coordinators and project directors to provide supervision and administrative oversight.

CDF Freedom Schools program sites are safe and restorative learning spaces where:
  • children are surrounded by caring adults and college age young adults from their community (at a classroom ratio of 1:10) who share their enthusiasm for learning and reading, and commit to serving them as authentic mentors;
  • children read high quality books and are engaged in learning activities that are appropriate to their developmental needs and interests;
  • each day begins with "Harambee!" a 30-minute activity to celebrate and affirm the value of each participant and prepare for work and learning ahead
  • families have access to free and high quality childcare.
The program serves 110 children and is offered free of charge. $25 Registration fee.  Parent involvement is mandatory!

The program is made possible with the support of Ruth K. Nelson, George Kaiser Family Foundation, the Anne & Henry Zarrow Foundation and the Maxine & Jack Zarrow Family Foundation.

Plan Your Visit

M–F • 9am – 5pm

322 N Greenwood Ave
Tulsa, OK 74120