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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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Every Child Can Read2 days ago
Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!
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This is a great resource provided by the Foundation. Thank you!
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Every Child Can Read4 days ago
Join us in celebrating #UniversalChildrensDay! By promoting early literacy at home, we are continuing to invest in the generations of tomorrow. #DollysLibrary (📸: Mildred Méndez R.)
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There are so many opportunities for giving and volunteering in Wayne County and Union County during the holidays and year-round.
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Every Child Can Read1 week ago
ECCR is going to be at the Sip & Shop at Forest Hills to give folks the opportunity to sponsor a child in Dolly Parton's Imagination Library in honor of a loved one as a meaningful, alternative gift! We'll have gift cards and gift bags ready to put under the tree! Put this on your calendar and join us!

"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