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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.


  • Schools, Offices Closed for Memorial Day

    Derry Township School District schools and offices – including the District Office – will be closed on Monday, May 29 in observation of Memorial Day. Normal school and business hours will resume on Tuesday, May 30.

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  • 2017 Keystone Exams

    Biology and Literature Keystone Exams will be administered on May 16th and 17th. Hershey High School Students taking the exam should arrive at school at the normal time. Students not taking the exam may take the bus to school at normal time, or arrive at school at 10:30 a.m., having provided their own transportation. Algebra Keystone Exams will be administered on May 23rd and 24th. Students taking the exam should arrive at school at the normal time. Hershey High School Students not taking the exam may take the bus to school at normal time, or arrive at school at 9:30 a.m., having provided their own transportation.

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  • HHS Hosting College Admissions Speaker

    The Hershey High School Counseling Department will host nationally-recognized author and speaker Peter Van Buskirk, a 35 year veteran of the selective college admission process, for a presentation on Tuesday, May 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the HHS Auditorium. Van Buskirk will be presenting “Getting From Where You Are To Where You Want To be”, an informative orientation to the college admission process.

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  • HHS Honors Underclassman Achievers

    Hershey High School recognized students for academic performance and achievement at an Underclass Awards Program on Thursday, May 18. In all, awards were presented in 25 different categories.

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  • Proposed Budget for 2017-2018 School Year

    At its May 8 business meeting, the Derry Township School District Board of School Directors proposed a $61.4 million balanced budget for the 2017-2018 school year that sets the local real estate tax rate at 18.3281 mills. Under the proposed budget, a Derry Township property with an assessed value of $150,000 (the township average) will be taxed at $2,749.21.The proposed 1.25% millage increase would avoid any significant educational program cuts while also positioning the district to potentially move ahead with a full day kindergarten program for the 2018-2019 school year.

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  • Summer School

    The Derry Township School District Summer School Program is returning for 2017! 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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  • Race For Education

    On Monday, June 5, 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.

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  • Full Day Kindergarten Information Page

    Derry Township School District is currently exploring the concept of full day kindergarten to determine if such programming is a good fit here. If the district were to move to some form of a full day kindergarten program, that change would not take effect any sooner than the 2018-2019 school year. In order to keep parents/guardians and community members informed, we have created an area on our web site that serves as a repository for background information and other pertinent resources you may find of interest. Click the headline above or the adjacent graphic to access this information.

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  • School Bus Drivers Needed

    Derry Township School District is looking for individuals interested in training as bus drivers for the 2017-2018 school year. No previous bus driving experience is required – just the ability to train for and obtain a Commercial Driver’s License and the motivation to give our students a positive start and end to the school day. Interested individuals may contact Steve Bell, Director of Transportation, by phone at 566-7422.

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