Research & Development

“AppleTree's story demonstrates the potential of high-quality preschool. AppleTree didn't achieve a high-quality program or strong outcomes by chance. Its quality and outcomes result from highly intentional and research-based decisions about every aspect of program design - from curriculum, to assessment, to teacher support and professional development - coupled with high-quality execution."


- Sara Mead, Bellwether Education Partners

AppleTree Institute serves as the “research and development” arm. Together with our schools and partners, we create and implement innovative, data-driven models for early childhood education, to prepare children for success in school, work, and life.

Developing a New Model for Early Childhood Education

AppleTree Institute is a national leader in demonstrating outcomes and effectiveness in early teaching and learning.

AppleTree’s Every Child Ready instructional model is the centerpiece for these efforts. Developed in part through a highly-competitive $5 million U.S. Department of Education Investing in Innovation (i3) grant, Every Child Ready has been cited in research and articles as the reference case for high-quality, replicable early learning.

Building Partnerships

AppleTree collaborates with schools, early education providers, and thought leaders to change the face of early education in America.

Every Child Ready is aligned with demonstrated best practices in early childhood education, and can be vertically integrated into kindergarten and elementary school environments.

Achieving Results That Last

AppleTree Institute works to close achievement gap by transforming early childhood education through the research, development, and dissemination of an evidence-based, high-quality instructional approach that prepares children for success in school, work, and life.

The Every Child Ready instructional model improves outcomes for vulnerable children, and reduces costs for the schools that implement it.