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Last modified: May 10, 2012, 7:12 PM
AppleTree is an innovative nonprofit that develops and provides proven early childhood education programs to the most underserved three- and four-year-olds to close the achievement gap before students enter kindergarten. AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation works with AppleTree Early Learning Public Charter School as an entrepreneurial enterprise.
AppleTree's innovative program has four core components: a focus on instructional quality, standards-based curriculum, quality classrooms, and a commitment to using data. Since 1996, AppleTree's co-founder Jack McCarthy has applied entrepreneurial approaches to serve initially 36 children and currently 620 children in seven campuses in all four Washington, DC quadrants. Children who graduate from AppleTree preschools have the strong academic and social skills needed to succeed in grades K-3.
Our alumni significantly outperform their peers on measures of early language and literacy, and they are stronger oral readers in 2nd grade. Children who are most at risk for reading difficulties make the greatest gains in AppleTree's program. Furthermore, anecdotal evidence shows that AppleTree graduates are much less likely to need special education or remedial instruction.
AppleTree is expanding and scaling Every Child Ready – a national prototype for improved teacher effectiveness. Every Child Ready is a comprehensive instructional model that drives how to teach, what to teach, and how to tell it's being done to increase teacher effectiveness and children's learning in early childhood classrooms.
AppleTree employs effective, highly qualified, professionally prepared staff who are supported in achieving a high standard of excellence. We encourage opportunities for staff to grow within the organization in current and new positions.