Developing a New Model

“AppleTree Institute, its Every Child Ready model, and its schools in Washington, DC are paving the way for needed change in the early childhood education sector.”

Cara Stillings Candal, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow, Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research

AppleTree’s Every Child Ready instructional model uses a research-to-practice foundation, meaning that AppleTree Institute not only develops, but also tests and refines Every Child Ready in real-world situations. As a result, our curriculum continuously improves, our teachers continuously grow, and our students continuously develop the skills to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.

Every Child Ready stands apart for its commitment to early science and math, socio-emotional development, and real world focus. It supports each child’s growth and school-readiness, including strategies for English Language Learners and Low Language students who may need extra support.

The model is validated through major supporters, including:

  • The U.S. Department of Education, which awarded AppleTree a highly competitive Investing in Innovation (i3) federal grant to develop Every Child Ready.
  • Venture Philanthropy Partners, which awarded AppleTree a three-year $3.2 million grant that includes ongoing strategic assistance and development of the second phase of the Every Child Ready technology platform.
  • NewSchools Venture Fund, which awarded AppleTree Institute $1.7 million to support four turnaround schools to improve their preschool programs by adopting Every Child Ready.

AppleTree has also been recognized by the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy's Toolkit for Donors on Early Childhood as a “high impact investment opportunity” for early learning, and is supported through other major multi-year funders, including the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation, and the Martin Family Foundation.