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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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Every Child Can Read3 days ago
“Stand Tall” and get ready for another Goodnight with Dolly, tomorrow night at 7PM.
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Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Watch Dolly Parton on May 28 at 7 PM Eastern when she reads "Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon!" This is the ninth installment of her 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. #ReadWithMe #GoodnightWithDolly View all episodes here: https://imaginationlibrary.com/goodnight-with-dolly/
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Every Child Can Read3 days ago
I think everyone needs this at some point in their lives.

Words to remember for your Difficult Day...
Sally Hargraves
October 4, 2019 ·
"Today was a Difficult Day," said Pooh.
There was a pause.
"Do you want to talk about it?" asked Piglet.
"No," said Pooh after a bit. "No, I don't think I do."
"That's okay," said Piglet, and he came and sat beside his friend.
"What are you doing?" asked Pooh.
"Nothing, really," said Piglet. "Only, I know what Difficult Days are like. I quite often don't feel like talking about it on my Difficult Days either.
"But goodness," continued Piglet, "Difficult Days are so much easier when you know you've got someone there for you. And I'll always be here for you, Pooh."
And as Pooh sat there, working through in his head his Difficult Day, while the solid, reliable Piglet sat next to him quietly, swinging his little legs...he thought that his best friend had never been more right."
Sending our thoughts to those having a Difficult Day today and hope you have your own Piglet to sit beside you 🧡
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Every Child Can Read4 days ago
Did you know our local library has a lot of resources on line including Creativebug? You'll find unlimited access to over 1000 different arts and crafts projects, diy, and home improvement projects too.
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Every Child Can Read1 week ago
Just in case you missed Ms. Dolly last night! #booklady #readywithme
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Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Watch Dolly Parton on May 21 at 7 PM Eastern when she reads "I Am a Rainbow!" This is the eighth installment of her 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. #ReadWithMe #GoodnightWithDolly View all episodes here: https://imaginationlibrary.com/goodnight-with-dolly/

"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