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 Read16 hours ago
Happy 4th of July from all of us at Every Child Can Read and the Reading Academy. If you're looking for some books that will *spark* the imagination of kids about the United States, check out these children's book recommendations from PBS:
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Every Child Can Read4 days ago
Did you know? Wayne County is one of the top 5 counties in Indiana for enrollment in an early child care program!
See how Wayne County stacks up next to the rest of Indiana in the 2020 Indiana Early Learning Advisory Committee Annual Report:
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Every Child Can Read4 days ago
Loyalty giving back. Love it. Thank you, Miss Wayne County, Zoe Brock!
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Every Child Can Read5 days ago
Authors are just cool. Amazing.

"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