Hershey Early Childhood Center A Community Cultivating an Extraordinary Learning Environment


  • Red Ribbon Observation Oct. 26 - Nov. 6

    Red Ribbon Week is celebrated annually by students across the country and is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention awareness campaign. This year, DTSD will be observing an extended Red Ribbon Week, with events being held October 26 through November 6. The extension allows secondary students in the hybrid instructional model to participate in person with the various theme days. Click the headline for details on the theme days for each building level.

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  • Updated Rules for Fall Sports Spectators

    At the October 13 DTSD Board of School Directors meeting, revised attendance protocols for fall sporting events were adopted in response to recent changes in guidelines from the state level. For soccer, field hockey and volleyball, the board approved the issuing of two adult passes for each Hershey player and each visiting team player. For football, band and cheerleading, the board approved the issuing of two adult passes for each senior member of the Hershey football team, band and cheerleading squad.

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  • Delays, Early Dismissals & Virtual Learning Days 2020-2021

    Instructional procedures implemented as part of Derry Township School District’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts have an impact on the way the district will handle unplanned daily schedule changes resulting from inclement weather or other interruptions beyond our control. To help families with planning for such circumstances, the district has created a quick reference guide; please click on the headline to open the fact sheet.

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  • 2020-2021 Back To School Updates

    Derry Township School District is working to bring students back into a face-to-face learning environment for the 2020-21 School Year. With the well-being of students and staff at the forefront and taking into consideration PA Departments of Education and Health guidelines related to COVID-19, the district is planning for multiple contingencies that will allow it to continue with a robust educational experience. As planning progresses, updates and related information for the community will be posted here; click the headline for more information.

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  • Technology Help for Families

    With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing new approaches to education, we’re more reliant on technology tools as part of instruction than ever. The DTSD Technology Department is here to provide support. Click the headline for helpful tips, FAQs, and directions on how to create an IT Ticket to get help from District Technology staff

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  • DTSD Waiving Penalties on 2020 Real Estate Taxes

    To help homeowners the Derry Township School District has joined Dauphin County and the Township of Derry in waiving penalties on 2020 School Real Estate Taxes until 12/31/2020. School District Real Estate tax bills will be issued on July 1, 2020. The bills will still include the ability to receive a 2% discount if the bill is paid in full prior to August 31, 2020. If not paid prior to August 31, 2020 the amount listed on the tax bill will be payable through 12/31/2020. Please note this only applies to Real Estate Tax bills issued on July 1, 2020, the penalties are still due on the Occupation Taxes and Interim Real Estate tax bills.

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ECC Welcome


    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.

Kindergarten Enrollment

  • Upcoming dates and information will be updated here throughout the school year regarding incoming Kindergarten students.


    2019-20 School Year:


      star   The "Kindergarten Experience" for incoming registered 2020-2021 Kingergarten students:

    Due to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolfe's order for all K-12 school buildings to be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Hershey Early Childhood Center's scheduled "Kindergarten Experience" will not occur on May 5th and 6th, 2020.  Additional information will be shared in the near future.  Thank you!

     star   Incoming Kindergarten Parent Information Night

    Wednesday, January 22, 2020 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Hershey Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room #1 (MPR1)

                    Raindate - Thursday, January 23, 2020, same time - same location.

     star   2020-21 Kindergarten On-line Registration Opens January 22, 2020.

      On-line registration for 2020-21 Kindergarten class will begin at the conclusion of the Parent Information Night.

     star   2020-21 Kindergarten Enrollment/Registration to be held February 24, 2020 through February 27, 2020.


    (Students with last name beginning with A-I)

            Monday, February 24          4:30 pm to 7:00 pm        Hershey Middle School LGI  

     (Students with last name beginning with J-R)

            Tuesday, Feburary 25         4:30 pm to 7:00 pm        Hershey Middle School LGI  

     (Students with last name beginning with S-Z)

            Wednesday, February 26    4:30 pm to 7:00 pm        Hershey Middle School LGI   

     (For those unable to attend on assigned day)

            Thursday, February 27        4:30 pm to 6:30 pm        Hershey Middle School LGI  



    For additional information please click link below:

    Link to Kindergarten Information