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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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    A partnership of neighboring schools, Hershey Entertainment & Resorts and concerned community members has come together to offer “YOU MATTER: Real Life Stories & Resources for Suicide Prevention” – a community forum designed to address one of society’s toughest issues. This free event will be held Thursday, March 23 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Garden Terrace Ballroom in the Hotel Hershey.

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  • You’re Invited to Provide Input on Full-Day Kindergarten

    The Derry Township School District will host an information meeting to discuss exploration of full day kindergarten programming. The meeting will be held Thursday, March 30 in the Large Group Instruction Room of the Hershey Early Childhood Center (450 Rear Homestead Road, Hershey). DTSD is in the process of gathering information to help evaluate if full day kindergarten would be a good fit for the district. The meeting is an opportunity for community members to provide their thoughts and ask questions.

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    Snowstorm Brings Flurry of Schedule Changes

    Winter Storm Stella made as much of a mess on the schedule as she did on the streets. There have been numerous changes as a result of the winter weather, most notably the need to use the final two snow make-up days built into the 2016-17 calendar. That means the school WILL be in session on Monday, March 20 and Thursday, April 13. For a list of other changes, click the graphic to the left.

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  •  PA’s Theory of Action to Ensure Equitable Access to Excellent Educators

    PA’s Plan to Ensure Equitable Access to Excellent Educators

    The U.S. Department of Education requires each state to submit a plan to ensure equitable access to excellent educators for all children. PA's theory of action is built around four strategies, starting with strategically improving the management of Pennsylvania's human capital in our schools to enable them to recruit, hire, retain and support a pool of highly effective, qualified, fully certified teachers, principals and other school staff.

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  •  Order your HMS Yearbook

    Hershey Middle School Yearbook Orders

    Reserve your copy of the 2016-2017 Hershey Middle School Yearbook. Each yearbook is $12. The deadline for orders is March 31. Order forms have been sent home with students. If you need a replacement form, click the graphic to the left.

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