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.


  • Upcoming School Schedule: Make-up Days, Spring Recess

    REMINDER: due to the need to compensate for days of instruction lost over the winter months, school will be in session next week through Thursday, April 18. There will then be no school (and offices will be closed) Friday April 19 through Monday, April 22. The normal school schedule will then resume on Tuesday, April 23. This change to the original spring recess is necessary in order for the district to remain in compliance with Pennsylvania state regulations governing the number of school days that must be offered.

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  • Spring Music Concerts

    Hershey’s talented young musicians will showcase their skills in a variety of upcoming vocal and instrumental concerts. All concerts are free and community members are welcomed. To get dates, times and locations for all concerts, simply click on the graphic to the left or the headline above.

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  • HHS Theatre Presents: "An Evening of One-Acts"

    HHS Theatre will present a series of one-act plays – and a student film – in the Hershey High School Auditorium Thursday, April 25 and Friday, April 26. The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. each evening. General Admission tickets will be sold at the door; $5 for students and senior citizens, $10 for adults.

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  • Bike to School Day is May 8, 2019

    Derry Township is getting ready for Bike to School Day on May 8th! The Township of Derry, Derry Township Police Department and Derry Township School District are teaming up to encourage families to join others from across the country in celebrating National Bike to School Day May 8, 2019. Take advantage of the fresh spring weather to get physical exercise for your body on the way to working out your brain in school. Pledge to participate by clicking the Bike to School graphic and you can also walk away with a cool prize.

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  • Summer School

    The Derry Township School District Summer School Program is returning for 2019! 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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  • Elementary PTO Race For Education 2019

    On Wednesday, May 29, 2019, Hershey Elementary PTO will be sponsoring its only fundraiser Race for Education. We invite family and friends to join us in helping to raise funds for additional technology for the classrooms, assemblies, classroom resources, and other PTO sponsored events. Each participant will raise funds by asking sponsors to contribute a tax deductible donation to the PTO. Learn more or donate by clicking the graphic.

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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