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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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Third Grade Academy FUN FRIDAY!!! I'm speechless!🤪
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Having fun sequencing with SLIME!!!
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Every Child Can Read1 week ago
Check out the Third Grade Academy Facebook Page! They are having so much fun!
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Every Child Can Read1 month ago
Every Child Can Read is so proud of Richmond High School making the top 100 schools in Indiana!
"Oh, Kim! We are so proud and really appreciate your kind words! The Third Grade Academy and the efforts of our K-12 teachers is what helped earn this honor…GO TEAM!"
Rae Woolpy, Principal Richmond High School.

"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