Derry Preschool Mission

When your children are ready to explore the world outside of their homes, Derry Preschool offers many benefits.

Our primary goal is to provide an environment which nurtures every child’s self-esteem. Feeling good about themselves and their accomplishments is most important!

We also offer an atmosphere which promotes positive social interaction with other children as well as adults.

Our curriculum is designed to introduce children to the diversified world around them socially, cognitively, physically and most importantly–creatively.


The Derry Preschool Advantage


Non-profit, nonsectarian school
Licensed by the State Board of Education
Certified teachers
Low teacher-student ratios
Flexibility for parents with extended-day options
Extended-day and Enrichment programs
Outdoor playground

Regular music program
Summer Camp Program
Four-day 5 year old program
A unique Kindergarten Readiness program to prepare students for all day kindergarten.
Twice-yearly parent-teacher conferences
Regular field trips


For 40 years, Derry Preschool has been dedicated
to nurturing the development of the whole child.

Our teachers mix learning and fun, creativity and structure.

We foster individual interests and understanding.

We value cultural and linguistic diversity and we teach acceptance.

We recognize that children need both social and cognitive learning experiences to become successful.


Derry Preschool relies on strong parent participation,

in the classroom and on the school’s board.

 Derry Preschool has strong ties to the community.

The school coordinates with local school districts and holds regular events with police and fire departments and other community organizations.

Derry Preschool has done joint research with Penn State

to learn more about promoting English language acquisition for internationally born students.

Family-Teacher Communication

Each class provides regular teacher-family communication through Bloomz. Teachers send out weekly updates and pictures to keep families connected to the classroom and to help provide communication topics with your child about their school day.  Bloomz provides a better means of connecting families to the classroom. We want to work as a team to provide the best learning environment for your child!

Derry Preschool holds two conference days for our 3, 4 and 5 year old classrooms. These conference days allow for the parents to meet one on one with the teacher to discuss the great things each child is doing in the classroom. One conference is held in the fall to discuss how each child is adjusting to the classroom with a focus on social and emotional progress.  The second conference is held in the spring. Each child completes a preschool portfolio. During the conference, the teacher will explain the portfolio as well as review the progress that each child has made throughout the school year academically, socially and emotionally.


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Parent Involvement in the classroom

Each of our classes incorporates ways in which parents can have a chance to be involved in some of our daily class activities. Some of these possibilities for parents are participating in parent reader program, joining with their child in class field trips, helping with classroom parties and volunteering to be the class room parent.


Derry Preschool in Derry Township Licensed, nonsectarian, Private, nonprofit Preschool with all certified teachers! Serving families in Hummelstown, Palmyria, Middletown, Elizabethtown, Hershey with fantastic education. Holding all certifications & up to date clearances!
Derry Preschool in Hummelstown, PA Hershey PA Dedicated to nurturing the development of the whole child

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