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 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.
Tom Kramer, Assistant Principal
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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    Thanksgiving Recess

    The 2015 Thanksgiving recess will begin with an early dismissal for students on Wednesday, November 25. Secondary students (high school and middle school) will be dismissed at 10:28 a.m. Elementary students will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. There will be no afternoon kindergarten classes that day. The normal class schedule for all students will resume on Tuesday, December 1.

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  • DTSD Receives National Accolades

    Niche.com, a web site that specializes in “providing reviews and insight from everyday experts” has named DTSD as one of the best in America as part of its” 2016 K-12School and District Rankings.” Niche.com rated DTSD as the #19 district in PA and #143 nationally. The web site says its rating system factors in state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, student and parent reviews, and more.

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  •  Student Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

    Hershey High School Student Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

    Congratulations to HHS student-athletes Alexis Gazzio, Jack Kushner, Ryan LaCoe, Lauren Lechleitner, Dylan Painter, Alexis Robison, Blake Smith and Marley Tunnel who on November 11 signed national letters of intent to continue their athletic and academic careers in college.

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