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 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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Recent News and Photos

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Daddies love their daughters just the way they are.
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FREE EVENT TONIGHT: Barre for Books. Enjoy a night dedicated to reading and relaxation, Tonight at Cope Environmental at 6PM. Barre Embrace, a local self care salon, will be hosting a free class. Then learn more about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and how you can sponsor a child. Hope to see you there.
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Every Child Can Read5 days ago
Kicking off Friday with Cake! Enjoy story time with this read aloud, “Every Cake Has Story.” Things will never be the same in Sameville after being introduced to new friends, new ideas and one giant cake that is different than any other cake they have had before. Dare be different, celebrate diversity and eat the cake!
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We are excited to partner with Barre Embrace for an evening of relaxation and self care, while learning more about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Join us for this free event, Tuesday October 19th at 6PM at Cope Environmental Center.
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Every Child Can Read1 week ago
Calling all parents to be and parents of a new child: There is a Community Baby Shower being held in your honor. Stop by the Dwyer Center, Friday, November 5th from 10AM to 3PM for your chance to win a FREE crib. Enjoy free refreshments, games and prizes, plus learn more about the community resources available to assist with your prenatal and postnatal needs. It will be a fun day, full of love, support and surprises.

"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