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 DCís most vulnerable children Ė 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 childís 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 itís working (and make improvements when itís 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 AppleTreeís 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.