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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.


  • Presidents Day Schedule

    There will be no school for staff and students on Monday, February 15 in observation of Presidents Day. Students will also have a two-hour late start on Tuesday, February 16 to allow for staff professional development/in-service training. Kindergarten will run on a “Modified Kindergarten” schedule, with Morning Kindergarten from 10:40 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Afternoon Kindergarten will be held 1:45- 3:35 p.m.

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  • 4-Diamonds MiniTHON Charity Faculty Basketball Game

    Hershey Teachers verses Lower Dauphin Teachers Mini-Thon Charity Basketball Game! February 17, 2016 at 7:00 pm in the Hershey High School Gym. Tickets sold at the door for $5.00. Concessions will be available for purchase.

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  •  Into The Woods

    Spring Musical Tickets on Sale Now!

    Tickets for the HHS Theatre spring musical “Into the Woods” are available for online purchase now. There will be three showings, March 3-5, with the curtain going up at 7:30 p.m. each night. To learn more about the show and to reserve your seats, simply click the graphic.

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  •  Kindergarten Pre-Registration

    Kindergarten Pre-Registration is NOW OPEN

    Pre-registration for Derry Township children who will be 5 years of age before September 1, 2016 and plan to attend kindergarten this coming fall is NOW OPEN. Click the “Kindergarten Pre-Registration” graphic for additional information and to begin the online pre-registration process. Remember: The online pre-registration does not complete the enrollment process; parents and guardians should also plan to complete registration during sessions held at the District’s Early Childhood Center.

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  • Mini-THON: Hershey High School

    The HHS mini-THON is scheduled for Friday March 11, 2016-Saturday March 12, 2016 from 6pm-6am in the high school gym/cafeteria area. Students can raise funds and donations can be made through the donor drive website. If you are a DTSD approved chaperone and you are interested in chaperoning one of the following time slots, please send your full name, preferred time slot, preferred t-shirt size & contact information (e-mail/cell phone). The time slots are 6-9pm, 9-12am, 12-3am and 3-6am. Please e-mail Elizabeth Blosky or Amy Licata if you are interested in chaperoning or if you have any questions about the HHS mini-THON. Community Four Diamonds Family hour from 7-8 pm will be open to any community member who would like to attend. A minimum $10 donation is required. All adults need to bring driver's license or official form of ID to enter.

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  •  Snow Make-up Days?

    Snow Make-up Days? Not At This Point!

    As we settle back into a normal schedule following Winter Storm Jonas, some questions are popping up regarding how the cancellations we just experienced impact the school calendar. DTSD has constructed the 2015-16 calendar in such a way that we could absorb up to three cancellations without needing to have student “make up” days. As a result, unless we have two or more additional cancellations, there will be no need to add “make up” days at the end of the year. In the event that we do have two or more additional cancellations the days will be added at the end of the school year, beginning with June 8.

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  • Help Native Plants Project Take Root at HHS

    You can help an initiative to increase the use of native plants in the local landscape by supporting a project proposed by the Hershey High School (HHS) Environmental Club, the HHS Garden Club, and the HHS Student Council. Those organizations have teamed up to apply for funding that community members can support through an online program encouraging sustainability.

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  • Drivers Needed

    Bus Drivers Needed

    Bus Drivers Wanted Derry Township School District has an immediate need for bus drivers. Interested individuals may contact Steve Bell, Director of Transportation, by phone at 566-7422.

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  • HHS Community Service Course Clothing Drive

    As part of a Community Service Course at Hershey High School, two of our seniors at Hershey High School have worked to organize a clothing drive for families in our area who are in need of warm winter clothing. The collection campaign has just begun and will run for the rest of the school year. You can help by bringing in your winter clothing, coats, shoes, and hats, in a bag, to the school office where your student(s) attend

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