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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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Recent News and Photos

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Every Child Can Read7 hours ago
Happening tonight! 📚
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Every Child Can Read1 day ago
Come roar and soar with RCS at Safari Night at Elstro Plaza. It's from 5-7p and we'll be there so come by and say, "Hi!"
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Every Child Can Read1 day ago
Reading to your child every day is a great way to spark their imagination and stimulate curiosity. Share your favorite book from Dolly Parton's Imagination Library in the comments below!
(📸 : Sarah T.)
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Every Child Can Read4 days ago
It's why we're involved and are the local partner of the Imagination Library! 📚

"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