For more than 40 years, CDF has worked closely with state and local child advocates as well as national and state organizations serving children to level the playing field for children through a variety of programs and initiatives. CDF has worked to educate the public on our children at risk and provide them with the necessary tools to apply pressure to the political establishment to improve the lives of children.

Our current programs build upon this long legacy of success by empowering communities and advocates to create the change our children urgently need.

Freedom Schools Program

CDF Freedom Schools® works across nearly 200 sites nationwide to build strong, literate and empowered children, working with Servant Leader Interns who prepared them to make a difference in themselves, their families, communities, nation and world.

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Beat the Odds Program

The CDF Beat the Odds® program honors and supports outstanding high schools students who have overcome tremendous adversity, demonstrated academic excellence and given back to their communities.

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Faith-Based Programs

Religious people and organizations—with millions of members, deep roots in communities across the country, a history of caring for children, and moral authority—are indispensable to building a successful Leave No Child Behind® movement.

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