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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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  • Offices Closed the Morning of Aug. 21

    All school offices (including the District Office) will be closed until 12 p.m. on Monday, August 21 for campus-wide staff training and in-service functions. Offices will re-open at noon for the remainder of the business day.

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  • 2017-2018 Sneak Peek Events

    Want to get a preview of the 2017-2018 School Year? Then Wednesday, August 23 is a big day with events going on across campus throughout the day. Check the “Upcoming Events” section or click the graphic for additional details.

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  • Elementary Schools’ Supply Lists

    The Hershey Elementary Schools’ Supply Lists are now available. As a courtesy to parents and guardians, this year the lists are broken down by grade level and by student & classroom needs. Due to limited space in student desks, please do not bring additional items. Binders, folders and scissors will be provided by the teacher

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  • 2017-2018 Budget Freezes Taxes, Maintains Programs!

    At the June 12th school board meeting, the Derry Township School District Board of School Directors proposed a $61.4 million budget for the 2017-2018 school year, with no increase in taxes. The Final 2017-2018 budget provides for resources for all programs currently operated by the Derry Township School District. In addition the final 2017-2018 budget includes a few enhancements to our current programs. First being all students in grades 6th through 12th will receive an iPad that can be used in school and at home. Second the budget includes expenses to support the development of the district’s full day kindergarten program for the 2018-2019 school year.

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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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  • Interested in Being Elected to Fill Remainder of Board Term?

    In addition to the slate of candidates running for traditional four-year terms on the DTSD Board of School Directors, the general election ballot in November will also include the selection of an individual to fill the remaining two years of a vacated term. If you have an interest in having your name considered for inclusion on the ballot for that position, contact the Dauphin County Department of Elections and Voter Registration at (717) 780-6360 for information on how to proceed.

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