Building Literacy Every Child, Every Family, Every Day

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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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Recent News and Photos

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Every Child Can Read7 hours ago
Every Child Can Read's Community Challenge Fundraiser is officially underway. Through our partnership with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library and a generous local donor, your donation will be MATCHED up to $5,000! All donations are used to sponsor books for children in Wayne County - one book per month until they turn five years old! Click below to DONATE
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Every Child Can Read3 days ago
A community challenge has been set by Ms. Dolly Parton. The goal is to get as many books into the hands of children right here in Richmond/ Wayne County. With your help and the help of our community partners and sponsors, I know we will make Dolly proud and a lot of children very happy to receive monthly books from Every Child Can Read and Dolly Parton’s Imagination library. The challenge officially begins Monday morning. #dollypartonimaginationlibrary #booklady #everychildcanread
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Every Child Can Read4 days ago
Which #DollysLibrary books did you read with your little one today? Let us know in the comments! #ReadMore
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Every Child Can Read5 days ago
VIRTUAL STUDENTS - Chromebook Pick-Up for Kindergarten through 4th grade virtual students. Monday, August 10 (7 a.m. - 4 p.m.) at the RCS Admin Bldg (300 Hub Etchison Parkway) If you are unable to pick up your child's chromebook on Monday, August 10th, you may give us a call at 973-4902 to schedule an appointment to pick-up your child's chromebook on Tuesday, August 11th.

Once you pull into a parking spot, someone from the RCS Technology team will come out to your car to assist you. We look forward to seeing you on Monday.
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Every Child Can Read5 days ago
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library delivers books to children world wide including Richmond/ Wayne County. Every Child Can Read has helped Dolly deliver books to nearly 2,000 children in our community. Each child can receive up to 60 books from birth to graduation. That’s a lot of books in a lot of kids hands. Starting Monday, you can help us keep delivering book to kids locally. Many more children are waiting at their mailboxes to unleash the excitement and the power of reading. We look forward to this community challenge and your support! #WeReading #communitychallenge #25equals12books #dollypartonimaginationlibrary #everychildcanread

"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