Low-income children stand to gain the most from high quality preschool education, but they are also the least likely to receive it. So AppleTree Institute is dedicated to closing the achievement gap for DC’s most vulnerable children – before they enter kindergarten. Its instructional model, Every Child Ready, includes a fully developed curriculum, comprehensive training and professional development for teachers, and data-driven tools to monitor each child’s progress and tailor instruction to meet their needs. In other words, AppleTree helps teachers, principals, and instructional coaches understand what to teach, how to teach, and how to tell if it’s working (and make improvements when it’s not). The amazing thing is that the program is most effective for children farthest behind. Nascent learning difficulties are addressed early, greatly reducing the need for special education placement and helping at-risk children excel alongside their more advantaged peers. Some 1,450 DC three- and four-year-olds (at AppleTree’s own schools and at partner schools using its model) are getting a great beginning this year. You, too, can help make Every Child Ready for success.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 5

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 1; DC-Ward 6; DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8; Southwest Waterfront; Columbia Heights; East Capitol Hill; Douglas Knoll (SE); Parklands (SE)

Age Groups Served: Pre-K

Ethnic Groups Served: African American, 83%; Asian American, 1%; Caucasian, 3%; Latino/Hispanic, 9%; Multicultural, 3%; Other, 1%

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students

Schools They Work In: AppleTree Early Learning PCS, Amidon Elementary (DCPS), Early Childhood Academy PCS, DC Prep PCS.

Combined Federal Campaign Number: N.A.

United Way Agency Number: N.A.

Awards & Recognition

2010: AppleTree Institute won a five-year, $5 million grant from the US Department of Education's Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund competition and raised $1.5 million in private matching funds to support the project, the further development and evaluation of AppleTree's groundbreaking Every Child Ready preschool instructional model.

2009: The Foundation for the National Capital Region and the City Bridge Foundation selected AppleTree Early Learning Public Charter School as an example of a high quality preschool for 25 foundation leaders from around the country to tour.

May 2009: Featured in a New America Foundation forum report, entitled "Putting the 'Quality' into Quality Preschool: Lessons from Data Driven Early Interventions."

October 2008: Invited to participate in a presentation on "High Quality Preschool" before the New Schools Venture Fund Community of Practice in Philadelphia.

September 2008: Awarded a $4.3 million, 4-year federal Early Reading First grant by the US Department of Education and a $935,000 City Build Incentive grant by the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education through competitive processes.

2008: Awarded first runner up in the nationwide "Better Government Competition" by the Pioneer Institute. The Philanthropy Roundtable selected AppleTree Institute as an example of a high quality preschool for 50 foundation leaders from around the country to tour.


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