Building Literacy

Every, Child, Every Family, Every Day
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Every Child Can Read, Inc. (ECCR) believes in opening a world of opportunities by growing a love of reading in young readers.
Every Child Can Read, Inc. is  a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization.

Our Programs

3rd Grade Academy

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.

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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 The Reading Academy.

The Reading 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 Read12 hours ago
Join us for Cheers for Books on March 9th at New Boswell Brewery & Tap Room. This fundraising concert will help support Every Child Can Read and Dolly's Imagination Library book gifting program for children 0-5yrs old in our community. Tickets are $30 and is a 21 and over event. Limited to 150 guests. Order tickets at
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Every Child Can Read5 days ago
We love this event! 📚
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Every Child Can Read5 days ago
From Dolly's Imagination Library:
As of January, Dolly's literacy initiative which includes over 2,700 local program partners, has gifted a total of 199,703,329 books since inception!
#DollysLibrary #ReadMore
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Every Child Can Read6 days ago
A huge WIN for the children of Indiana! Check out this story from WTHR Channel 13.
"Gov. Eric Holcomb announced earlier this month that among his budget priorities for the upcoming legislative session are plans to make Imagination Library available statewide."
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Every Child Can Read7 days ago
Jane, congratulations on your retirement, and thank you for telling us what was going on, showing up, and then recording those events with wonderful snapshots. We appreciate you!

"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