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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It is Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States. This month is dedicated to recognize the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.
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Set your calendar for Art in the Afternoon with our friends date at MRL Youth Services.
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Future engineers and contractors are being developed as “Baby Builders” introduces toddlers to the world of big trucks, shovels and construction. Build a solid foundation by reading to your little ones for 20 minutes a day.
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Babies and book, is there any greater way to start a Monday?
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As our nation was attacked 20 years ago today, it was one of our saddest days in history. It was also one of our strongest days. We were a nation united not divided. United, we stand, divided we fall. #neverforget

"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