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 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.
Tom Kramer, Assistant Principal
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.


  • Walk to School on October 7, 2015

    The Township of Derry, Derry Township Police Department and Derry Township School District (DTSD) are again teaming up to encourage families to join others from across the country to celebrate National Walk to School Day October 7, 2015. Enjoy the crisp fall weather and get some physical exercise for your body on the way to working out your brain in school.

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  • Winter Coat Drive

    Derry Township School District is collecting new and gently worn outerwear - all sizes of coats, hoodies, heavy jackets. You can drop your donation at the Hershey Middle School in the collection box in the main office until October 9. The coats will be distributed to any Hershey family student who needs a coat October 20 and 21. Any questions? Contact DTSD Social Worker Dee Stalnecker, 531-2222 ext 4216

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  •  The Adventures of Rikki Tikki Tavi”

    HEA Presents 39th Scholarship Production

    The Hershey Education Association will present its 39th Scholarship Production on “The Adventures of Rikki Tikki Tavi” an adaptation of a short story by Rudyard Kipling in The Jungle Book. The play will feature teachers and staff members from across the district and promises to be a fun, family-friendly time. Best of all, proceeds from the production go to a scholarship fund that benefits Hershey students attending college. There will be two showings, one each on Friday, October 9 and Saturday 10. Both shows will be presented in the Hershey High School Auditorium; the curtain rises at 7 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door for $5.

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  • DTSD Family Night with Youth Alliance & Seth Franco

    Join the Youth Alliance, former Harlem Globetrotter Seth Franco and DTSD in addressing a serious subject. Bullying is everybody’s problem—victim, perpetrator, and bystander. Let’s address this issue from each standpoint so that students are equipped to handle negative situations and create a healthier overall environment. This Family Nigh event will be Thursday, October 15 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Hershey High School.

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  • DTSD All Sports Pass Offered for 2015-2016 Events

    DTSD is now offering its “2015-16 All-Sports Pass” to DTSD students and district residents. The pass allows the bearer to attend all home regular season sporting events during the 2015-16 school year at no additional cost. All-sports passes can be purchased in the Athletic Office located in Hershey High School at a cost of $20 for students and $40 for adults.

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