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Read to Me 20 encourages parents and caregivers to read with their children 20 minutes every day from the day they are born. We provide children age four and younger with FREE age appropriate books and adults with tips for reading effectively with their children.

By partnering with local health care providers schools, and civic organizations we will strive to reach every family with young children in Wayne County.

Why This Is Important

Study after study showed that children who are read to from birth are more prepared to learn than their peers who are not read to. Since reading with children seemed to be the answer, Vic and Rick set about designing a program that encouraged parents to read, put books into homes and provided tips for effective reading.

Since then, Read to Me 20 has distributed thousands of books to children in Wayne County.

Program Goals

  • To increase the number of children in Wayne County, Indiana who are prepared to learn when they start school.
  • To encourage parents to read with their children everyday from the day they are born.
  • To insure that children have books in their homes.

How It Works

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

In 2013, thanks to the Wayne County Foundation’s Challenge Match Grant, K-Ready received funding to enroll 600 children in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. These 600 children will receive 12 books, one each month, for a year. The Imagination Library’s research shows that children enrolled in this program are significantly better prepared to learn when they start school than their peers who are not enrolled. K-Ready is targeting families that might not have the means to have books in their homes to be in this program.


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Links and Partners

  • ReadScription/Wellness books

  • Little Free Library

  • Community Book Distribution

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Background

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 the same intensity they put into making sure that third graders were reading at or above grade level before they started fourth grade.

Study after study showed that children who are read to from birth are more prepared to learn than their peers who are not read to. Since reading with children seemed to be the answer, Vic and Rick set about designing a program that encouraged parents to read, put books into homes and provided tips for effective reading.

Since then, K-Ready has distributed thousands of books to children in Wayne County.


Vision Statement

K-Ready encourages parents and caregivers to read with their children 20 minutes every day from the day they are born. We provide children age four and younger with FREE age appropriate books and adults with tips for reading effectively with their children.

By partnering with local health care providers, schools, and civic organizations we will strive to reach every family with young children in Wayne County.

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