Hershey Early Childhood Center A Community Cultivating an Extraordinary Learning Environment

ECC Welcome

  • 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.


  • School Board Seeking Qualified Individual for Vacant Seat

    Derry Township School District is seeking qualified individuals interested in filling a vacancy on the Board of School Directors. The top applicant will be appointed to serve on the school board through November 30, 2019. For more information, including a link to the online application form, click on either the graphic or the headline,

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  • 2017-2018 School Schedule

    The March 21 closure due to snow DOES NOT mean an additional day will be added to the calendar for students. When the school board amended the 2017-18 School Year Calendar in February, it built in additional Act 80 Days that cover the possibility of another snow day. Graduation remains June 6 and the last day for students in K AM to Grade 11 will be June 8.

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  • College Admissions Forum Hosted by Hershey High School

    HHS will be hosting a College Admission Forum on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the HHS Auditorium. The Forum, featuring 4 college admission counselors, will provide college bound students and their families with insightful information on current trends in college admissions, deciphering the admissions process, evaluation of transcripts and test scores and other relevant concerns.

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  • Order your 2017-2018 HMS Yearbook

    Orders for the 2017-2018 Hershey Middle School Yearbook are now being accepted. Yearbooks are $12 and can be ordered now through March 28 by using the envelope sent home with students or by clicking on the graphic and then printing, completing and returning the form and payment. Ordering a book now guarantees receipt of a book in June.

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  • School Board Adopts Resolution

    At their business meeting Monday, March 12, members of the DTSD Board of School Directors adopted a resolution indicating their opposition to potential legislation expanding the possession of firearms on school ground for certain individuals who are not law enforcement officials. In addition to the resolution, the school board voted to add its name to a list of signatories to a “Call for Action to Prevent Gun Violence in the United States of America.”

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  • HHS "Chocolatier" Yearbook Order Deadline Approaching

    It’s going to be a great year at Hershey High School! There’s no better keepsake of the memories you’ll make than a yearbook. You can now order the 2017-2018 Chocolatier online. Click the graphic to the left or the headline above for more information.

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Kindergarten Info

  • New Kindergarten Parent Orientation Night

    We want to welcome you and your child to the Derry Township School District and the Hershey Early Childhood Center.  We are beginning an exciting journey together. To kick off the 2018-19 school year, parents are cordially invited to attend the New Kindergarten Parent Orientation Night on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at the Hershey Early Childhood Center from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

    A one-hour general session will be held in the large group instruction (LGI) room.  During the general session, district and building staff will share information on health, transportation, and food services. You will learn about the top 10 things to know about kindergarten, hear an overview of the kindergarten curriculum and learn about special events and projects that your child will participate in during the 2018-19 school year.  After this session, you will have an opportunity to meet with the principals, support services personnel, kindergarten staff, P.T.O. leaders and other parents.  Topics to be covered will include the transition to a full day kindergarten program, the enrollment process, food services and transportation.

    In order to be effective, this orientation is designed for parents and guardians only.   Babysitting will not be provided.  Parking is available at the side of the Early Childhood Center and in the bus corral area. 

    Prior to school starting on August 27th, your child will be invited (by an appointment assigned by the school) to a Kindergarten Meet the Teacher Day at the Early Childhood Center.  The 2018-19 school year will begin on Monday, August 27, 2018. 

    We look forward to meeting with you on January 23rd!!


    Kindergarten Registration

    After the New Kindergarten Parent Orientation Night, parents/guardians of children who will be 5 years old before September 1, 2018 and are planning to attend kindergarten at DTSD this coming fall may start the registration process by completing the on-line portion.  Please look for a bullet on the school homepage for that link.  On-site Kindergarten Registration will be held February 27, 28 and March 1 and 2, 2018.



    Full Day Kindergarten Waiver