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.


  • Bike To School Day is May 6

    The Township of Derry, Derry Township Police Department and Derry Township School District are again teaming up to encourage families to join others from across the country to celebrate National Bike to School Day May 6, 2015. After our long winter, take advantage of the sunny spring weather to get physical exercise for your body on the way to working out your brain in school.

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  • Roses For Seniors

    Hershey High School’s Future Business Leaders of America are holding a “Roses for Seniors” fundraiser. Friends and family members of seniors may purchase a rose(s) to celebrate their graduate’s accomplishments. Orders are due May 14 with roses being delivered to the students on the morning of May 22.

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  • Proposed Drug and Alcohol Policy Changes

    Derry Township School District is considering updating a section of DTSD Board of School Directors Drug and Alcohol Policy (Policy #227) as it relates to the length of extracurricular exclusion for students who are in violation of this policy. Your input on these potential changes is encouraged. Please email comments to HHS Principal Dr. Dale Reimann by close of business on May 15.

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  • Dauphin County Technical School Career Camp

    Dauphin County Technical School is offering Summer Career Camp. This camp is free to all current 6th and 7th graders. It will be held June 16th -18th and offer participants an opportunity to explore and learn about a variety of career fields.

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  • Race For Education

    On Friday, May 22, Hershey Elementary PTO will be sponsoring our second annual 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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