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 hours ago
Written by Dolly Parton, illustrated by Brooke Boynton Hughes and made with love in every stitch, “Coat of Many Colors” is a heartfelt picture book sure to speak to all young readers. #DollysLibrary
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Every Child Can Read9 hours ago
Shoutout to another fantastic business partner, Menasha Corporation, and their Richmond facility for supporting Every Child Can Read. With their help and yours, we can achieve our goal of giving over 8,000 books to area kids in 2023. Join us at
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Every Child Can Read1 day ago
Thank you to Merchants Bank of Indiana for supporting our organization as we push to reach our goal of 8,000 free books delivered to kids in Wayne County, Indiana! You can help us too by going to

"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