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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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  • First Day for Students: August 29

    The first day of the 2016-17 school year for students will be Monday, August 29. The school day begins at 7:38 a.m. for both the middle and high schools. The day begins at 8:40 a.m. for elementary students; 12:45 p.m. for afternoon kindergarten. For the first week of school, secondary students (high school and middle school) will be dismissed at 2:15 p.m. Normal secondary dismissal is 2:33 p.m. This modified schedule helps provide extra time for elementary students learning their afternoon dismissal procedures.

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  • HHS Mini-THON Car Wash

    The Hershey High School Mini-THON Committee is hosting the first fundraiser of the 2016-2017 school year! Sunday, August 28, 2016 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm at the Brownstone Masonic Lodge off of Route 322/W. Governor Road. Car Wash by donation.

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  • 2017 HHS "Chocolatier" Yearbook Orders

    It’s going to be a great year at Hershey High School! There’s no better keepsake of the memories you’ll make than a yearbook. You can now order the 2017 Chocolatier online. Click the graphic to the left or the headline above for more information.

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  • Registration Still Available for SAT Prep Workshop

    Hershey High School is once again pleased to offer an SAT Prep Workshop this fall to prepare students for upcoming SAT exams. Classes begin the first week of school, and we are still accepting registrations. For more information, email Mrs. Ogle at LOgle@hershey.k12.pa.us.

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  • Elementary Schools Supplies Lists Available

    The “Back To School” sales have begun, everything from clothes to protractors. Looking for some guidance on what supplies your elementary student will really need this year? Check out the lists compiled by the Hershey Elementary Schools. There are lists for Grades K & 1, 2 & 3 and 4 & 5. Click the graphic for more information.

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  • Budget

    Taxes to Remain Frozen for 2016-17 Budget

    The Derry Township School District Board of School Directors has adopted a 2016-17 school year budget that freezes taxes. The $59.8 million budget also avoids significant program or staffing cuts. The district’s millage rate will remain at 18.109 mills, one of the lowest in Dauphin County. A Derry Township property with an assessed value of $150,000 (the township average) will be taxed at $2,806. Assessed value is the taxable worth of a home, and is usually much lower than the market value, which is the projected re-sale price of a property.

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