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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.


  • Kindergarten Registration Opens Next Month

    Kindergarten Registration Opens Feb. 1

    Registration for Derry Township children who will be 5 years of age before September 1, 2017 and plan to attend kindergarten in DTSD this coming fall will be opening February 1. Kindergarten registration is a two-part process: completion of an online information-gathering pre-registration form by a parent or guardian and later a visit to the Early Childhood Center for parent/guardian and child. Continue checking this site for exact dates and details.

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  • New Contract Agreement

    Board Approves 4-Year Agreement With Education Association

    The Derry Township Board of School Directors approved a four-year agreement with the Hershey Education Association (HEA) at its meeting Monday, December 19. The pact will go into effect at the conclusion of the current three-year contract, which ends June 30, 2017. The new agreement will cover the period July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2021.

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  •  Joe McFarland

    McFarland Retained as Superintendent for an Additional 4 Years

    At its December 19 business meeting, the Derry Township Board of School Directors took action to retain Superintendent Joe McFarland through the 2020-2021 school year. McFarland was first named Superintendent in February, 2014. The new contract approved by the board will commence July 1, 2017 and extend his term as DTSD’s top administrator four more years.

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