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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Recent News and Photos

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It is Giving Tuesday. Through your campaign gift, you can sponsor a child or children to help us increase the number of Wayne County families receiving books. With your one time gift of $25 you will sponsor one child for a year. Thank you for your continued support. Donate today at
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We are all special in our own unique way.
“Super Duper You” celebrates what makes us different in this colorfully, fun picture book by Sophy Henn.
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Happy Thanksgiving!🦃🍁 🦃
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“Llama Llama Loves To Read,” how about you? Which Llama Llama book is your child’s favorite?
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Every Child Can Read1 week ago
Dinosaur fans, this is the book for you. Get ready for a wild adventure with “Never Show a T-Rex a Book” by Rashmi Sirdeshpande.

"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