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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 Read and First Bank Richmond are doing great things together. We are grateful for First Bank's sponsorship of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. Look for First Bank Richmond logo on each book being delivered to children to across Wayne County throughout the month . Thank you First Bank Richmond for continuing to inspire the love of reading within the children of our community. #firstbankrichmond #dollypartonsimaginationlibrary #everychildcanread #doinggreatthingstogether
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Be a star today and shine bright! #Dollyism #thebooklady
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Our friends at MRL Youth Services are back at it for 2021! Check out the cool sensory snow globes you can make with the FREE Grab-N-Go Kits from MRL Youth Services.
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Every Child Can Read4 days ago
Is your little one looking forward to starting school? “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come” is an encouraging story that will give your child a boost of confidence when they are about to enter kindergarten! This book is also our Graduation book for registered children in #Canada and #USA.

"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