Results That Last

Regardless of family income, children attending AppleTree preschools show improvements in the skills they need to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.

Compared to non-AppleTree peers, AppleTree alumni:

  • Recognize 25% more letters in kindergarten
  • Score 20 points higher on oral reading tests in 1st grade
  • Score 70% higher in oral reading tests by 2nd grade

At-risk children benefit the most, showing greater growth in literacy and math skills after participating in Every Child Ready.

The University of Pennsylvania’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy suggests that these outcomes translate to significant cost savings to DC Public Schools, which is burdened by special education expenditures. The analysis shows that children with improved literacy, vocabulary, and math skills are less likely to be assigned to special education programming, which costs DC Public Schools as much as $9,200 – $33,100 per student.