Hershey Early Childhood Center A Community Cultivating an Extraordinary Learning Environment


  • Latest Updates on School Closures For COVID-19 Mitigation

    Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has extended mandatory school closures in the Commonwealth indefinitely. During this time, DTSD is offering distance learning for all students. Click the headline link for the latest updates and additional details.

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  • Attention Potential Rt. 322 Field House Project Bidders

    Attention potential bidders for the Hershey High School Concession Stand Addition - Notwithstanding what is included in the bid documents, we strongly encourage you to submit bids to Mark Anderson at manderson@hersey.k12.pa.us. We will also accept courier and mail deliveries to the extent we are able given current restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Resources For Families Facing Coronavirus Challenges

    School closures, of course, are just one part of the larger overall effects of the current coronavirus pandemic to our community. In order to guide district families that may need some additional assistance as a result of COVID-19’s impacts, the DTSD Student Services staff and the Pennsylvania Association of School Social Work Personnel have compiled a useful list of resources. Click the headline for more details.

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  • DTSD & Cocoa Packs Team Up For Food Assurance

    During the current period of school closure for all K-12 schools in Pennsylvania, Derry Township School District is committed to helping ensure students in need of food assistance do not experience meal interruption while they are not in school. We are working collaboratively through our community partnership with Cocoa Packs, which will be facilitating the delivery of these meals in conjunction with the additional food assistance they normally provide for students. Click the headline for more details.

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  • Input Sought on Proposed Special Education Plan

    Derry Township School District is seeking public comment on its proposed three-year Comprehensive Strategic Plan for Special Education prior to submission to the Pennsylvania Department of Education. An important component of the district’s overall comprehensive plan, the Special Educating Plan encapsulates DTSD’s vision for this critical component of public education in Derry Township. Click the headline for links to views the draft plan and information on how to submit comments.

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  • Safe2Say Something Reporting System In Use at DTSD

    All schools in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, including DTSD, have adopted use of the “Safe2Say Something” anonymous tip line as a means of improving campus safety and improving school climate. The tip line is operated and monitored 24/7 by the Office of the Attorney General where tips are reviewed, classified, and forwarded to the appropriate school district. Tips that are found to contain information that may indicate a "life safety" issue are immediately forwarded to the appropriate county emergency dispatch center. Click the headline for additional information.

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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   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