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Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning Announces Search for Executive Director and Other Key Hires

Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning (CHS) has announced that it will begin hiring for key positions within its organization, including its first Executive Director who will help lead and implement the initiative’s strategic vision. In addition, CHS is hiring for several other positions, including Project Coordinator, Communications/Marketing Manager and Administrative Assistant, with more to come.

Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning is a $350 million initiative to develop up to six cost-free Early Childhood Resource Centers (ECRCs) in Pennsylvania for children from birth to age 5 from economically disadvantaged and at-risk backgrounds. The first ECRC, which will be located on the MHS campus in Hershey, Pennsylvania, is scheduled to open in 2023. CHS plans to have up to 80 employees and volunteers at its first ECRC and serve 150 local-area children.

“We look forward to finding experts and professionals who are passionate about helping children reach their potential and become kindergarten-ready,” said Pete Gurt ’85, Milton Hershey School and Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning President. “We are pleased to be able to bring more educational and economic opportunities to Pennsylvania families with our expansion into early childhood education.”

CHS will provide a core early learning program with a curriculum designed to enhance students’ educational, social, emotional, and cognitive development. It will also provide students with nutritious meals, transportation, and other needed supplies, and will offer integrated support services to families of enrolled children.

The second ECRC is scheduled to open in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in 2024. The locations of other ECRCs will be determined by Milton Hershey School’s Board of Managers based on further research and community input.

Additional career opportunities will be announced in the coming months with open positions posted on the Careers section of Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning’s website, chslearn.org.

About Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning

Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning will provide a cost-free educational, social, and cognitive program to children from birth to age 5 from economically disadvantaged and at-risk backgrounds, through up to six Early Childhood Resource Centers across Pennsylvania. The Centers are subsidiaries of Milton Hershey School and will be staffed and operated independently of the Milton Hershey School core model. For more information, visit chslearn.org.

About Milton Hershey School

Milton Hershey School® is one of the world’s best private schools, offering a top-notch education and positive home life to children in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade from families of lower income at no charge. For more information, visit mhskids.org.

The Catherine Hershey School for Early Learning Centers are subsidiaries of Milton Hershey School and will be staffed and operated independently of the Milton Hershey School core model.

The Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.