Hershey Early Childhood Center A Community Cultivating an Extraordinary Learning Environment

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  • Early Childhood Center

    450 Rear Homestead Road, PO Box 898, Hershey, PA 17033
    Phone: (717) 531-2211   Fax: (717) 531-2351
     
    Office Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
    Regular School Hours: 8:40 a.m. - 3:35 p.m.
    AM Kindergarten: 8:40 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    PM Kindergarten: 12:45  - 3:35 p.m.
     
     
    Opened in 2002, the Early Childhood Center (ECC) commences the educational process in Derry Township School District.  The 72,000 square foot facility serves students in kindergarten and first grade.
     
    The ECC provides a safe environment that is conducive to the needs of young learners, many of whom are experiencing their first formal schooling. Utilizing developmentally appropriate teaching strategies and hands-on learning opportunities, the dynamic curriculum allows students the opportunity to gain knowledge through practical, meaningful experiences, thus stimulating an interest and excitement for learning. 
     
    The building has a card access system and offers telephone, television and intranet access in each classroom.  Other amenities include a multi-media center, a cafeteria/multi-purpose room and  a full court gymnasium.
     
    Annual events at the ECC include: Back to School Night, Book Fair, International Fair, Kindergarten and New Student Orientations, Parent/Teacher Conferences, Read Across America activities, Young  Learners Showcase and a reading incentive program.

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  • Ice Hockey Club To Play Ourdoor Game

    Members of the Hershey Ice Hockey Club will take on their counterparts from Lower Dauphin in an outdoor game on Monday, January 22. The game will start at 6 p.m. at a specially-constructed outdoor rink inside Hersheypark Stadium. Ticket prices are $4 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens & members of the military are $2.

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  • Citizen Advisor Sought for Board Committee

    The Derry Township School District Board of School Directors is seeking an interested individual to fill the remainder of a vacated term as a citizen advisor for its Communications and Community Engagement Standing Committee.

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  • REMINDER: Make-up Days for 2017-18

    Per the official 2017-2018 DTSD School Year Calendar: the two make-up days for the pair of school days canceled due to inclement weather/hazardous travel conditions (January 16 & 17) are Friday, February 16 and Wednesday, March 28. Monday, April 2 would be the next make-up day, if needed.

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  • The Sweetest Way to Make a Difference

    It's the sweetest way to make a difference: make a purchase at Duck Donuts at 261 W Chocolate Avenue on Jan. 8, 16, 24 or Feb. 1 between 6:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. and 10% of the proceeds will be donated to the Hershey High School Mini-THON. Also, any larger/catering orders placed at the store any time through the month of January will result in a donation when you mention the HHS Mini-THON at the time of purchase. The HHS Mini-THON benefits Four Diamonds and battle pediatric cancer at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital.

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  • Information Meeting for Fall 2018 Kindergarten Parents

    Register now for an information meeting hosted by Derry Township School District for township residents who are parents/guardians of children who will be 5 years old before Sept. 1, 2018 and are planning to attend kindergarten in DTSD this coming fall. The meeting will be held January 23, 2018 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Hershey Early Childhood Center. Topics to be covered will include the transition to a full day kindergarten program, the enrollment process, food services and transportation. Click the graphic for registration information.

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  • Full Day Kindergarten Information Page

    At the June 12, 2017 School Board Meeting, the Board of School Directors approved the transition to Full-Day Kindergarten beginning the 2018-2019 school year. The measure includes an option for parents/guardians who prefer a ½-day program. In order to keep parents/guardians and community members informed, we have created an area on our web site that serves as a repository for background information and other pertinent resources you may find of interest. Click the headline above or the adjacent graphic to access this information.

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