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Every Child Can Read, Inc. believes all children deserve the opportunity to enter school prepared to learn and to read at or above grade level by the third grade. ECCR serves children in Wayne County, Indiana.

Every Child Can Read, Inc. is  a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization.

Our Programs


When Vic Jose and Rick Ahaus learned that more than 40 percent of children in Wayne County were NOT prepared to learn when they started school, they tackled that issue with great intensity and created the K-Ready program.

K-Ready’s goal is to increase the number of Wayne County children who enter school prepared to learn.  K-Ready offers two initiatives to reach this goal: Read to Me 20 and Empower! (2019).

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Contact us to stay up-to-date on Empower!, launching in 2019.

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3rd Grade Academy

In 2007, concerned citizens led by Rick Ahaus and Vic Jose formed an independent, voluntary, community-based program with a single focus: to have all third-grade students in Richmond reading on grade level by the time they enter the fourth grade. They created a 501 (c) 3 organization to fund the first Third Grade Academy.

The Third Grade Academy’s goal is to ensure that every Third Grader in Richmond knows how to read at grade level by the end of third grade.

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Recent News and Photos

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Every Child Can Read1 day ago
While our campaign might be wrapping up, the fun of reading to your kids will never end. Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
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Every Child Can Read shared a photo.3 days ago
George gets a little help from his friend Bear, who shows him that when you believe in yourself, you can do just about anything! Your little one will love this empowering story with lovely illustrations by Sophy Henn! #UKBook #IrelandBook #DollysLibrary
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Every Child Can Read shared a post.6 days ago
Hey, parents, this is an exciting kick-off event for families that read together. Read. Explore. Ask. Discover. R.E.A.D at IUE.
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Every Child Can Read1 week ago
Thanks to all the donors of the Dolly Parton's Imagination Library to help Wayne County, Indiana youngsters get a free book each month. You are an inspiration to us! Folks that want to still donate to this campaign can go to
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Every Child Can Read1 week ago
Thank you to Stamm Koechlein Family Foundation for their generous support. Last week we received a $2,500.00 grant from the for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library and the Rx for Reading program. What a wonderful family contributing to the future of our community.

"We wanted to design a program that encouraged parents to read, put books into homes and provided tips for effective reading."

- Rick Ahaus, Board Member and Founder