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.

Cheers for Books

Join us at New Boswell and have a beer for a good cause! Funds raised help sponsor Wayne Co. children in Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. Click the button to learn more and purchase your tickets.
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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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Here are some excellent reading tips from Dolly Parton's Imagination Library that help parents encourage a strong love of reading. Learn more about supporting our organization or signing up your child to receive a book every month at
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MRL is going 🌏💚
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Today is #NationalLibrarianDay and we are sending kudos to those who know where the rare finds are, thank you for always being helpful, and we love you for suggesting great books to read. ❤️
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Spring is a wonderful time of year to engage families and encourage children’s reading skills to bloom by opening a good book! Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has a process to choose the books children have received. Learn more at

"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