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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There is nothing better than baby smiles to start our morning! #readtoyourkids #everychildcanread. #DollysLibrary
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Learning to be patient has become more difficult for today's society. We live in a world of convenience, from drive-thru service to home shopping delivery. We can order our groceries, movies, and dinner all with a click of a button. Here is the simplest form of patience, taking the time to color inside the lines. When we take our time and be patient, the picture will be much prettier in the end.
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Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Suess, was born on March 2, 1904. Today, we honor one of America's treasured children's authors and illustrators. Celebrate “Read Across America Day” by choosing one of your favorite Dr. Suess's classic tongue-twisting tales.
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Sharing is caring! We love what we do! #everychildcanread #readmorebooks #20minutesaloud.
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As of February, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library has gifted over 154 Million free books since inception! #DollysLibrary https://bit.ly/3aZdp7c

"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