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

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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.

Recent News and Photos

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Every Child Can Read2 days ago
We had a wonderful evening at the Richmond Parks and Recreation Touch a Truck event! It was terrific to meet all the families.
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Every Child Can Read4 days ago
🚗💨 The ECCR Bookmobile is gearing up for the Richmond Parks and Recreation Thursday’s Touch-a-Truck and Mother-Son Date Night at Glen Miller Park. Make a plan to come see us!
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Every Child Can Read6 days ago
Dolly’s early childhood book-gifting program now gifts over 3 MILLION books each month and, as of June 2024, the Imagination Library has gifted over 244 million books to children around the world. Special thanks to our donors in Wayne County for helping ECCR join over 2,800 Local Program Partners globally, whose dedication makes this milestone possible.

“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