Hershey Early Childhood Center A Community Cultivating an Extraordinary Learning Environment

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  • COVID-19 Updates and Information

    As part of its COVID-19 mitigation efforts, Derry Township School District is currently utilizing a fully online instructional model. With the well-being of students and staff at the forefront and taking into consideration PA Departments of Education and Health guidelines, the district is also planning for multiple contingencies that will allow it to continue with a robust educational experience. Click the headline for access to data, documents, updates and resources related to COVID-19 and DTSD operations.

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  • Kindergarten Parent Informational Meeting - Virtual

    Derry Township School District will host an online information meeting February 3 at 6 p.m. for parents/guardians of children who will be 5 years of age before September 1, 2021 and plan to attend kindergarten in DTSD this coming fall. Pre-registration for the meeting is required; click the headline for details.

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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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  • Parent Support Resources

    In order for students to be successful as global citizens in the 21st Century, it is imperative that barriers to student learning be addressed. The Derry Township School District Student Services Department is comprised of professionals whose expertise lies in removing barriers to mental and physical well-being and academic success. To assist the families we serve, the Student Services team has put together materials which may help address some behavioral challenges exacerbated by the ongoing pandemic.

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  • Statement by DTSD Administration and Board of School Directors

    As leaders tasked with the obligation of protecting the safety of our community’s youth and afforded the privilege of educating them, we are deeply saddened and disheartened by the violence that played out yesterday in our nation’s capital. Children look to the adults in their lives at moments such as this for guidance and direction. Our role as a public school district is to ensure those in our charge embrace the norms of a democratic society and are equipped with the tools necessary for respectful discourse and problem solving. We believe free and peaceful expression is an unequivocal bedrock principle of democracy. We condemn all acts of violence and hate.

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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