Deaconess’ strategic plan calls for engaging local United Church of Christ congregations to support the Foundation’s child advocacy ministry. In partnership with the largest child advocacy organization in the United States, the Children’s Defense Fund, Deaconess sponsors a network of CDF Freedom Schools®. CDF Freedom Schools provide meaningful engagement opportunities for congregations by placing them in proximity to the needs of children in order to inform faith-based advocacy.
The sites serve a total of 175 scholars recruited from Saint Louis Public Schools, Hazelwood and Webster Groves School Districts and the UCC congregations. Enrollment is free and open to all families.
2021 CDF Freedom Schools® Program Information
Considering the environment in light of COVID-19 and concerns regarding scholar safety, Deaconess Foundation will not sponsor a local CDF Freedom Schools program in 2021.
Please contact Deaconess Foundation with all inquiries/questions at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 314.436.8001.
Please do not contact the individual host sites.
11370 Old Halls Ferry Rd.
Florissant, MO 63033
for Child Well-Being
1000 North Vandeventer Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63113
Church of Christ
204 East Lockwood Ave.
Webster Groves, MO 63119
Saint John’s Church
(The Beloved Community)
4136 North Grand Blvd.
Saint Louis, MO 63107
The next enrollment period for CDF Freedom Schools will be in 2022.
Frequently Asked Questions
Individuals and small groups are invited to join us to lead and/or assist with engaging activities during after-care from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at each of our four CDF Freedom Schools sites.
Call (314) 436-8001