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 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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If you know someone with children under five years of age, SHARE this post with them! 🦋 Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, age-appropriate books to children from birth to age five in participating communities across 5 countries. Check availability in your area and register your child for this incredible free program today! https://bit.ly/2BwMs8D
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What's your favorite episode of #GoodNightWithDolly? Watch the entire series at https://bit.ly/3A4VrvA
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It's PUMPKIN time! The ladies of Tri Kappa are some of the most invested and involved women I have ever met! Each year we hand out grants that support our community in various ways. This year grants included groups like HYPE Wayne County, A Better Way Services, Inc., Every Child Can Read and many more!

These annual pumpkin sales are how we fund those grants. Pumpkins are $20 and you can order witches or scarecrows. My goal is to sell at least 45 pumpkins this year. Drop me a comment if you would like one! I'll even deliver to your front door!
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"Ocean Lullaby" is a soft and soothing good night journey through an ocean filled with sleepy sea creatures. Written by Laura Mcgee Kvasnosky and illustrated by Kate Harvey McGee, it's perfect for bedtime in the summer or year-round. #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