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.
    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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  • Kindergarten Pre-Registration is NOW OPEN

    Pre-registration for Derry Township children who will be 5 years of age before September 1, 2018 and plan to attend kindergarten this coming fall is NOW OPEN. Click the “Kindergarten Pre-Registration” graphic for additional information and to begin the online pre-registration process. Remember: The online pre-registration does not complete the enrollment process; parents and guardians should also plan to complete registration during sessions held at the Early Childhood Center.

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  • Citizen Advisor Sought for Board Committee

    The Derry Township School District Board of School Directors is seeking an interested individual to fill the remainder of a vacated term as a citizen advisor for its Communications and Community Engagement Standing Committee.

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  • REMINDER: Make-up Days for 2017-18

    Per the official 2017-2018 DTSD School Year Calendar: the two make-up days for the pair of school days canceled due to inclement weather/hazardous travel conditions (January 16 & 17) are Friday, February 16 and Wednesday, March 28. Monday, April 2 would be the next make-up day, if needed.

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  • The Sweetest Way to Make a Difference

    It's the sweetest way to make a difference: make a purchase at Duck Donuts at 261 W Chocolate Avenue on Jan. 8, 16, 24 or Feb. 1 between 6:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. and 10% of the proceeds will be donated to the Hershey High School Mini-THON. Also, any larger/catering orders placed at the store any time through the month of January will result in a donation when you mention the HHS Mini-THON at the time of purchase. The HHS Mini-THON benefits Four Diamonds and battle pediatric cancer at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital.

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  • Full Day Kindergarten Information Page

    At the June 12, 2017 School Board Meeting, the Board of School Directors approved the transition to Full-Day Kindergarten beginning the 2018-2019 school year. The measure includes an option for parents/guardians who prefer a ½-day program. 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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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 Tuesday, January 23, 2018 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 2018-19 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 27th, 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 2018-19 school year will begin on Monday, August 27, 2018. 

    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, 2018 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 and 2, 2018.

     

    Full Day Kindergarten FAQ

    Full Day Kindergarten Waiver

    Sample Full Day Kindergarten Schedules

     

     

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