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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Every Child Can Read2 days ago
Love this and we could add that there's a very relaxing way to disconnect and still engage the brain... 📖
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Every Child Can Read4 days ago
Where is your nose... your eyes... your ears? Your little one will love playing along with this interactive board book! #DollysLibrary
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Every Child Can Read4 days ago
We're less than a month away from our Cheers For Books Event! Join us on March 14th from 5:30p-7p at New Boswell. Enjoy an evening of craft drinks, music, and a fun game night with friends! Fatheadz Food Truck will have food for purchase and all funds raised will go towards our book-giving programs. Tickets are $30 and include 1 drink, music, and door prizes! Register at
*** This is a 21 and over event***
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Every Child Can Read5 days ago
One of the best stories to share with kids. A "golden oldie" if you will 😉

"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