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. - 4:15 p.m.
    Regular School Hours: 8:40 a.m. - 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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  • Summer Office Hours

    In a move to save taxpayer dollars by reducing utility costs, DTSD has established special summer hours beginning Monday, June 10. All buildings (schools and the district office) will be closed Friday through Sunday. Normal public office hours will remain in effect Monday - Thursday. (The District Office will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. those days.) The consolidation of work hours provide a savings by reducing cooling and electricity costs.

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  • HHS Class of 2019: Paying it forward

    A total of 277 seniors graduated as the Hershey High School Class of 2019 on June 5 during a commencement ceremony where student speakers spoke on paying it forward . Hershey High School’s 112th Graduation Ceremonies were held at the Hershey Theatre. The commencement exercises were also broadcast online via streaming video.

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  • HHS Honors Underclassman Achievers

    Mr. Jeff Smith, Principal, Dr. Peter Ebert, Assistant Principal, Ms. Laurie Wade, Assistant Principal and Mr. Scott Govern, Athletic Director of Hershey High School are pleased to recognize deserving underclassman students for their academic performance and achievement during the 2018-2019 School Year. Click the graphic for a full list.

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  • HHS Recognizes Outstanding Seniors

    Mr. Jeff Smith, Principal, Dr. Peter Ebert, Assistant Principal, Ms. Laurie Wade, Assistant Principal and Mr. Scott Govern, Athletic Director of Hershey High School are pleased to recognize deserving senior students for their achievement and academic performance. Click the graphic for a full list.

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Kindergarten Info

  • New Kindergarten Parent Orientation Night

    We want to welcome you and your child to the Derry Township School District and the Hershey Early Childhood Center.  We are beginning an exciting journey together. To kick off the 2018-19 school year, parents are cordially invited to attend the New Kindergarten Parent Orientation Night on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at the Hershey Early Childhood Center from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

    A one-hour general session will be held in the large group instruction (LGI) room.  During the general session, district and building staff will share information on health, transportation, and food services. You will learn about the top 10 things to know about kindergarten, hear an overview of the kindergarten curriculum and learn about special events and projects that your child will participate in during the 2019-20 school year.  After this session, you will have an opportunity to meet with the principals, support services personnel, kindergarten staff, P.T.O. leaders and other parents.  Topics to be covered will include the transition to a full day kindergarten program, the enrollment process, food services and transportation.

    In order to be effective, this orientation is designed for parents and guardians only.   Babysitting will not be provided.  Parking is available at the side of the Early Childhood Center and in the bus corral area. 

    Prior to school starting on August 26th, your child will be invited (by an appointment assigned by the school) to a Kindergarten Meet the Teacher Day at the Early Childhood Center.  The 2019-20 school year will begin on Monday, August 26, 2019. 

    We look forward to meeting with you on January 23rd!!

     

    Kindergarten Registration

    After the New Kindergarten Parent Orientation Night, parents/guardians of children who will be 5 years old before September 1, 2019 and are planning to attend kindergarten at DTSD this coming fall may start the registration process by completing the on-line portion.  Please look for a bullet on the school homepage for that link. 

    On-site Kindergarten Registration will be held February 27, 28 and March 1, 2019.

    • Parents and guardians of prospective students with last names beginning A-L may attend walk-in registration Wednesday, February 27, from 9-11 a.m., 1-3 p.m. or 5-7 p.m.
    • Parents and guardians of prospective students with last names beginning M-Z may attend walk-in registration Thursday, February 28 from 9-11 a.m., 1-3 p.m. or 5-7 p.m.
    • A third date will be offered from 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. on Friday, March 1 for those unable to attend an earlier session.

    Full Day Kindergarten Waiver

     

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