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Take a tour of a typical day at Nashville Freedom Schools©! See our scholars, our curricula, photos, and more.

A Day in the Life of NFSP©

08:00 a.m. Breakfast (provided at no charge)

08:30 a.m. Harambee!

09:00 a.m. Integrated Reading Curriculum

12:10 p.m. Drop Everything and Read (or Journal)

12:30 p.m. Lunch (provided at no charge)

01:15 p.m. Afternoon Enrichment (such as)

– Hip-hop poetry

– Spanish, Mandarin, French or sign-language classes

– Field trips

– Dance

– Yoga

– Vocal music/music appreciation

– Craft-making/visual arts

– Black/Latinx History competitions

– Food preparation

3:15 p.m. Wrap-up and dismissal


Nashville Freedom Schools organized in summer 2014, beginning with 97 children in a pilot project. Since then, more than 300 children have discovered their capacity for excellence.


After breakfast and before reading classes begin, Freedom Schools celebrate a time of Harambee! (Swahili for “let’s pull together), including songs, cheers, chants, stomps, and a Read-Aloud Guest. The purpose is to celebrate our unity of purpose and get the scholars “pumped up” to learn.

Scholars shout Freedom School cheer and sing our national motivational song — “Something Inside So Strong” by Ladi Siffre — to build community, celebrate cultural pride, and demonstrate social awareness and action.

Our Curriculum

CDF Freedom Schools© employ the Integrated Reading Curriculum, which uses age-appropriate books under the national theme for CDF Freedom Schools, “I Can Make A Difference.”

The curriculum each week focuses on making a difference in myself, in my family, in my community, in my country, and in my world. The last week’s theme is making a difference “with hope, education, and action.”

The books are selected by a nationwide panel of educators, family therapists, sociologists and social workers. They must meet the following criteria:


  • are developmentally appropriate
  • lend themselves to a range of interesting, creative activities
  • relate authentic history, culture and heritage through the eyes of teens and children
  • introduce people of all ages who have made a difference in the lives of others
  • encourage young people to involve themselves in community service, no matter their circumstances
  • help children explore fundamental issues related to self-esteem
  • expand their capacity to dream and to believe that they can make
We invite you to preview a sample of our curriculum, in this case related to the book “From Where I Stand.” Please note that this is copyrighted material, used with permission of the Children’s Defense Fund.

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