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.


  • 2017-2018 School Year Budgeting

    Interested in learning how the 2017-18 school year budget is taking shape? Come to the Derry Township School District Board of School Directors business meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 24. A finance report will be offered at that time with an update on the budgeting process and the board will set aside time for constituents to ask questions and provide feedback. The meeting will take place at the District Office, 30 East Granada Avenue in Hershey. Residents and taxpayers are encouraged to attend so that they can learn firsthand about the factors influencing revenue and expenditures.

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  • Full Day Kindergarten Community Information Night 4/25

    The Derry Township School District will host an information meeting to discuss exploration of the potential for full day kindergarten programming at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 25 in the Large Group Instruction Room of the Hershey Early Childhood Center (450 Rear Homestead Road, Hershey). DTSD is in the process of gathering information to help evaluate if full day kindergarten would be a good fit for the district. The meeting is a follow-up from an initial meeting held last month and is also another opportunity for community members to provide input and ask questions

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  • Car Wash to Support Veterans

    To show their appreciation for the men and women serving in our military, Hershey High School seniors in two AP English Literature classes are holding a car wash to collect donations for the Fisher House, an organization that supports military families. The fundraiser will be held on Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Brownstone Masonic Lodge at the corner of Governor & Hockersville Roads, Hershey). The suggested donation is $10. Veterans and current members of the military are invited to have their cars washed for free.

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  • Student Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

    Eleven Hershey High School seniors have signed national letters of intent to continue their athletic and academic careers in college.

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  • Race For Education

    On Monday, June 5, Hershey Elementary PTO will be sponsoring its only fundraiser Race for Education. We invite family and friends to join us in helping to raise funds for additional technology for the classrooms, assemblies, classroom resources, and other PTO sponsored events. Each participant will raise funds by asking sponsors to contribute a tax deductible donation to the PTO.

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