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

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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There is a lot happening at MRL Youth Services this summer. Don’t miss out on the fun, met new friends and dive into lots of reading adventures.
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Thank you to the United Way of Whitewater Valley for being a terrific supporter of our organization. Here's Kim English to tell you more about our programming and why it's so important.
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Happy Flag Day: “Becuase the flag still stands for freedom, and they can’t take that away.”
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WELCOME TO SUMMER AT Morrisson-Reeves Library! Registration Required for ALL IN-PERSON PROGRAMS!! https://mrlinfo.org/events/
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Today is World Oceans Day. Celebrate with LadyBird Books. “First Fabulous Facts: Planet Eath.”

"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