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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  • Feedback Encouraged on Draft Policy

    The Derry Township School District Board of School Directors is seeking input on a draft policy intended to outline maintenance of appropriate professional adult/student relationships. The draft policy (DTSD Board Policy 824) is based on a model policy recommended by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association. DTSD intends to develop a policy that provides a safety net for students and staff while still allowing for healthy student/staff interaction. To learn more about how you can provide valuable input, click on the headline or the graphic to the left.

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  •  Concerts

    Spring Music Concerts

    Hershey’s talented young musicians will showcase their skills in a variety of upcoming vocal and instrumental concerts. All concerts are free and community members are welcomed. To get dates, times and locations for all concerts, simply click on the graphic to the left or the headline above.

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  • Java With Joe

    Want to know more about the direction of K-12 education in our country and in our district? Want to share your thoughts on how DTSD is doing? Simply want to get to know Superintendent Joe McFarland? You can do all of these and enjoy a steaming cup of coffee during “Java with Joe” Wednesday, May 18 at 9 a.m. in the Hershey High School Large Group Instruction Room.

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  • HHS Again Ranked Among Nation’s Best

    Hershey High School has once again been recognized by US News & World report in its annual ranking of the nation’s best high schools. The report looked at data from more than 28,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Under the magazine’s formula, HHS ranks among the top 5% of the nation’s public high schools and is number 26 of the state’s 676 public high schools.

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