Hershey Early Childhood Center A Community Cultivating an Extraordinary Learning Environment


  • 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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  • 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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  • School Board Voted to Freeze Taxes in 2020-2021

    At its June 22, 2020 business meeting, the DTSD Board of School Directors voted to approve the $65.8 million budget for the 2020-2021 school year that freezes property taxes. This 2020-2021 Budget will continue the financial support for all current educational and co-curricular/athletics programs.

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  • Summer Office Hours

    In a move to save taxpayer dollars by reducing utility costs, Derry Township School District has established special summer hours. Normal public office hours will remain in effect Monday – Thursday; all buildings (schools and the district office) will be closed Friday through Sunday. Due to construction projects and COVID-19 mitigation efforts, it is strongly recommended that those needing to conduct business in person with the district during the summer establish an appointment. Please also note: visitors to all district building are required to wear an appropriate face mask. Click the headline for more information.

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  • Revamped School Start Times Approved for 2021-22

    Based on a growing body of research on adolescent sleep patterns and the impacts to student achievement, the DTSD Board of School Directors voted at its May 26, 2020 business meeting to revamp the district’s school day starting with the 2021-2022 school year. Consistent with a constituent steering committee recommendation, the board adopted an 8 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. school day for elementary students and an 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. school day for secondary (middle school and high school) students.

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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 Info

  • 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