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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Going to the mailbox is so exciting when you know there is a new book and it’s adventures just waiting to be discovered.
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Be sure to stop by the Golay Center between 11:45-12:30 today. Get a free book at Every Child Can Read Bookmobile.
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Family is everything! What are some of the fun things you do as a family?
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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. Learn more at everychildcanread.org 📚 📖 📚
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Get Free Books with the Every Child Can Read Summer Bookmobile. Join us today at the Cordell Municipal pool, from 11-1. Summer Reading Fun for Everyone with Every Child Can Read's Summer Book Mobile. We can't wait to see you there.

"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