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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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Dr. Seuss
“Horton Hears a Who” by @drseuss - read by @jeffgoldblum Published by Random House Children's Books . THIRTY MILLION CHILDREN rely on school for food. Responding to the needs of kids during these school closures, @savethechildren and @nokidhungry have a new fund @SAVEWITHSTORIES to support food banks, and mobile meal trucks, and community feeding programs with funds to do what they do best—and also—with educational toys, books, and worksheets to make sure brains are full, as well as bellies. . If you can manage a one time gift of $10, please text SAVE to 20222. If another amount would work better for you, please visit our website—link in bio. There is no maximum and there is no minimum—together we will rise and together we can help. . Thank you and stay safe. XX #SAVEWITHSTORIES
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Every Child Can Read3 days ago
In case you missed "Goodnight with Dolly" enjoy her reading one of her favorites, "The Little Engine That Could."
Dolly will be back with another bedtime classic, be sure to tune in to "Goodnight With Dolly" Thursday at 7PM.
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Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Dolly Parton reads "The Little Engine That Could" in the first video of her new read-aloud series, "Goodnight with Dolly." In this series, Dolly reads select Imagination Library books, all carefully chosen for their appropriate content at this moment in time.
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Every Child Can Read4 days ago
Goodnight with Dolly, tonight at 7PM, features "The Little Engine That Could" by Watty Piper it's celebrating it's 90th Anniversary. This book holds special memories for Dolly, growing up in East Tennessee where she imagined her self as the little engine that could, chugging towards her dreams. Don't miss hearing Dolly read this special classic, Goodnight with Dolly tonight at 7PM.
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Every Child Can Read4 days ago
Dolly is doing great things to help fight the virus. Thank you, Dolly. #booklady #goodnightwithdolly
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"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