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.

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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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This week we awarded 4 non-profits grants from our annual pumpkin sales! Congratulations to Richmond Civic Theatre’s Stage One program, Every Child Can Read, Richmond Neighborhood Restoration Inc. and HELP the Animals, Inc.!

Our members vote on which nonprofits receive the funds and the nonprofits determine how the funds will be utilized!
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Every Child Can Read3 days ago
We are incredibly honored to share that East Central has received $35 million in funding from READI 2.0! Our region was awarded with the second largest tier of funding!

This would not have been possible without the collective efforts of all of our community members and stakeholders. This is a huge win for ECI and a testament to what we can achieve when we forge the path together!
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Every Child Can Read4 days ago
Ivy Tech Community Collegehas a fabulous free summer program for High School students!
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Every Child Can Read5 days ago
Dive into the world of bird-watching with this vibrant, fact-filled book by author Chloe Goodhart & illustrator Gareth Lucas. Kids will count their way through backyard birds while enjoying nature together! #DollysLibrary

"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