Building Literacy Every Child, Every Family, Every Day

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Every Child Can Read, Inc. believes all children deserve the opportunity to enter school prepared to learn and to read at or above grade level by the third grade. ECCR serves children in Wayne County, Indiana.

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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Halloween fun in a bag. Free Grab-Go-Bags now available at MRL Youth Services.
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We love to play dress up all year long. We fill Hope chests with fancy dresses and suit jackets and costume jewelry donated from friends and family. Dress up and play pretend! They make great gift ideas.
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Awe, baby kitten, sing-song rhymes and bright colors, just what we need this Monday morning!
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Thanks for all you do for your students and our community!
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Wow, Award-winning actress Viola Davis has written “Corduroy Takes A Bow.” Can’t wait to read about his trip to the theatre.

"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