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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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Recent News and Photos

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Every Child Can Read shared a post.3 days ago
90 years?! Wow.
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Every Child Can Read updated their cover photo.5 days ago
We are thrilled with the response to the Wayne County, Indiana, Foundation Challenge Match. Thank you to the community and this organization for helping us raise over $35K for reading programs and books for children in Wayne County.
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Every Child Can Read shared a post.6 days ago
Amazing Stuff. Check out this link!
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Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
#ImaginationLibrary spans five countries and gifts over 1.5 million free books each month to children around the world. Have you ever wondered what it takes to get all of these books into children’s hands? Watch and find out! #ReadMore #DollysLibrary
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Every Child Can Read shared a photo.2 weeks ago
We love this and Dolly so much. #knowledge

"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