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.

Cheers for Books

Join us at New Boswell and have a beer for a good cause! Funds raised help sponsor Wayne Co. children in Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. Click the button to learn more and purchase your tickets.
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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 The Reading Academy.

The Reading 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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Every Child Can Read16 hours ago
In 2022, ECCR distributed 35K books to children in Wayne County. 71% of those books came through the DPIL. That’s 40x growth in the past 8 years. You can still donate to support literacy in your community. Go to
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Every Child Can Read2 days ago
Explore word opposites and playdate dynamics in this clever book by Kimberly Gee, who takes you on a fun adventure with a boy and his dad. #DollysLibrary
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Every Child Can Read4 days ago
Join us for an Open House at our new office on Tuesday, October 3rd from 4:30-6:00 PM. Enjoy snacks, book giveaways, and a ribbon cutting at 5:00 PM!
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Every Child Can Read5 days ago
So thankful for the Stamm Koechlein Family Foundation’s faith in area non-profits and the communities we serve. It’s an honor to have your commitment. ❤️

"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