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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.  K-Ready offers two initiatives to reach this goal: Read to Me 20 and Empower! (2019).

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Contact us to stay up-to-date on Empower!, launching in 2019.

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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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Every Child Can Read3 days ago
Curl up with a book this weekend. Better yet, get the fam together and do a cool storytime!
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Counting with Sassy is a great way to get in some reading and some arithmetic. #3RsAlthoughNotReally
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We're thrilled at the response of those current and new donors to our organization! Thanks for your donations and volunteer support!
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Every Child Can Read5 days ago
Thank you so much to all who supported Every Child Can Read in the Challenge Match! We met our goal!!! We couldn't do it without YOU!!!
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Every Child Can Read6 days ago
It's no coincidence that the last day of the Challenge Match is the same day as National Young Readers Day. Invest in your future by donating today!

"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