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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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    Fall spirit wear orders from the Trojan Trading Post, Hershey High School’s student-run store, are due by Oct. 31. Want to show your Trojan Pride but aren’t a student or staff member? Order without fear; we’ll deliver your gear! Free local delivery is now available for community members. Best of all: 100% of the profits go toward the Trojan Trading Post Scholarship Fund, providing college aid to business students. To date, nearly $5,000 in Trojan Trading Post scholarships have been awarded to HHS grads.

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  • Drugs 101: What Parents and Kids Need to Know

    Derry Township School District, in conjunction with Penn State Children’s Hospital and the Susan P. Byrnes Health Education Center, will offer “Drugs 101: What Parents and Kids Need to Know” at Hershey High School on Wednesday November 9. There are two related sessions, one intended for parents/guardians and another providing information to teens. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for exhibits; the main programs will run 6-8 p.m. Pre-registration is required

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  • DCTS Offers Career & Technical Education Xpo

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  •  Fingerprint Center

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  • All Sports Passes Offered For Sale

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