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Garrett-Evanston CDF Freedom Schools Program

Garrett-Evanston Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools Program

June 24 - August 2, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Family Focus Evanston | 2010 Dewey Ave, Evanston, IL 60201


The Garrett-Evanston Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools Program is designed specifically for elementary students who are currently enrolled in the 3rd - 8th grades in Evanston’s District 65. Our Summer Enrichment Camp is a six-week summer program focused on literacy and creative arts. This free program will include small classes; breakfast, lunch, and a snack; field trips; and a lot of fun! The program fosters a love of reading, increased self-esteem, and positive attitudes towards learning.

Classes are held in the 5th Ward of Evanston, and students receive two meals and a snack each day. This year, eight college/seminary students have received training to serve as servant leader interns for the program, which is grounded in a model curriculum that includes five essential components:

  • High quality academic enrichment
  • Parent and family involvement
  • Civic engagement and social action
  • Intergenerational leadership development
  • Nutrition, health and mental health

Summer 2019 Details

This Summer's program dates are weekdays beginning Monday, June 24, 2019 through Friday, August 2, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Family Focus Evanston. The program will be closed on July 4th. Given that the program often has a waiting list, daily attendance throughout the summer is an expectation of the program. If accepted into the program, participants will receive the date for orientation as well as the required weekly parent meetings.

Application Process

You can download the application by clicking the button below or apply online by clicking the "Apply Now" button.  Applications are due by Thursday, May 30, 2019. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted and you are encouraged to apply early.

Completed paper applications can be downloaded, filled out, and mailed to:

Garrett-Evanston CDF Freedom Schools Program
Attention: Helen Fulce
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Stead 304
2121 Sheridan Road, Evanston, Illinois 60201

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About the Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools Program®

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Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools

The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom Schools® program seeks to build strong, literate, and empowered children prepared to make a difference in themselves, their families, communities, nation and world today. By providing summer and after-school reading enrichment for children who might otherwise not have access to books, the CDF Freedom Schools program plays a much needed role in helping to curb summer learning loss and close achievement gaps – and is a key part of CDF’s work to ensure a level playing field for all children. In partnership with local congregations, schools, colleges and universities, community organizations, and secure juvenile justice facilities the CDF Freedom Schools program boosts student motivation to read, generates more positive attitudes toward learning, increases self-esteem and connects the needs of children and families to the resources of their communities. Since 1995, more than 135,000 preK-12 children have had a CDF Freedom Schools experience and more than 18,000 college students and recent graduates have been trained by CDF to deliver this empowering model. You can learn more about the CDF Freedom Schools program and the Children's Defense Fund at



If you have any questions about the Garrett-Evanston CDF Freedom Schools Program, please feel free to contact Helen Fulce, project director, at or 847.977.3238.


Support the Garrett-Evanston Freedom Schools Program

We welcome your support in helping scholars fall in love with reading and increasing their reading ability while having fun in a caring and supportive environment. Your contributions to our program will help to pay for Integrated Reading Curriculum librarys for six classrooms and one resource library for 60 children; stipends for the eight Servant Leader Interns and the Project Director and Site Coordinator; program expenses including classroom supplies, afternoon activities, field trips and parent meetings; and more. Thank you for your investment in the lives of children!