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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  •  Memorial Day

    Memorial Day Weekend Schedule

    There will be an early dismissal on Friday, May 27 for students in grades 1-12. (Kindergarten classes will be held on their normal schedule.) There will be no school for students on Monday, May 30. All offices (school offices and the District Office) will be closed in observation of Memorial Day.

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  • HHS Honors Underclassman Achievers

    Hershey High School recognized students for academic performance and achievement at an Underclass Awards Program on Tuesday, May 24. In all, awards were presented in 27 different categories.

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  • Your Input Sought on Revised Draft Policy

    The Derry Township School District Board of School Directors is seeking input on a revised draft policy policy intended to outline maintenance of appropriate professional adult/student relationships. The revised draft of proposed DTSD Board Policy 824 synthesizes feedback received on am initial versions put out for public review in April. The proposed policy is based on a model policy recommended by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association. To learn more about how you can provide valuable input, click on the headline or the graphic to the left.

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  • Budget

    Tax Freeze Proposed for 2016-17 Budget

    At its May 9 business meeting, the Derry Township School District Board of School Directors voted to advertise a proposed $59.8 million budget. If adopted in final form in June, school property taxes would stay frozen at the current rate for the 2016-17 school year. The current millage rate is 18.1019 mills, one of the lowest in Dauphin County. A 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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  • 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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  • Summer School

    The Derry Township School District Summer School Program is returning for 2016! It is for students who will be starting Kindergarten this fall up to those who will be in 6th grade when school opens.

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  • PSAT/SAT Prep Assistance Offered

    PSAT/SAT Summer 2016 Course Offering registration is now underway. For additional information please email Mrs. Seaver or call 717-979-1586.

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  • Backpacks and Lace Up with Love INC Sneaker Distribution

    Grace United Methodist Church and Love Inc. – have announced opportunities for Derry Township families who could benefit from a little assistance acquiring shoes and school supplies.

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