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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Every Child Can Read2 days ago
Join us tonight for Dinner at the Lamp. Free food, goodie bags, family fun activities and a free book from Every Child Can Read!!
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Every Child Can Read3 days ago
May is โ€œGet Caught Reading Month.โ€. Have you ever come across your kids reading aloud? Whatโ€™s their favorite story time book? ๐Ÿ“š โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜
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Every Child Can Read4 days ago
We were at the Community Resource Fair yesterday hosted by Reid Health Community Outreach. It was at the Boy & Girls Club First Bank Unit. We had a great time handing out books! Thank you for opportunity! ๐Ÿ“š
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Every Child Can Read4 days ago
We are excited for Dinner at The Lamp, Friday night at 6PM, located at 100 N. 10th Street. Enjoy a free cookout, games, goodie bags and a free book from Every Child Can Read. Join us for free, family fun this Friday!
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Every Child Can Read5 days ago
"Raindrops to Rainbow" is a gentle rhyming picture book that shows how color can be found all around us, whether there are raindrops falling or there is a bright rainbow high in the sky above. Written by John Micklos Jr. and illustrated by Charlene Chua.

"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