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Our Story

We are focused on early childhood learning. We will provide care and education for children from birth to age five. And it will be at no cost to qualifying families.

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Our Mission

We are committed to helping children thrive. We remove barriers to quality education and healthy development in early childhood. Our program focuses on the whole child. We look to give them the skills, values, and individual support they need to reach their fullest potential in school and in life.


About Catherine

Catherine Hershey was known for her kind and nurturing spirit – whether it was how she cared for her beautiful gardens or her compassion for children everywhere. She also believed every child deserved a chance to thrive. Her dream to provide care and education to those who need it lives on each day at Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning.

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Sacred Values

Catherine and her husband Milton believed in a set of values that we still hold dear to this day. They are commitment, integrity, positivity, and respect. We look for these values in our staff and nurture them in our students. We believe they are the key to children becoming their best selves.

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Brand Promise

We provide family-oriented early childhood care and education that helps children reach their fullest potential in school and beyond. Our approach is individualized and comprehensive, treating the child as a whole, addressing each child’s needs, abilities, and interests. We deliver the knowledge, skills, values, and support they need in a safe, stimulating, and nurturing environment. Families view us as partners because we respect and support their vision, and collaborate closely to provide coverage and consistency between home and school. We treat children like family and are passionate about providing a rich foundation from which they can grow and flourish.

For Interested Families

Want to learn more about us? Discover the CHS Experience.

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For Interested Professionals

Want to know more about current opportunities at CHS? Explore our open positions.

Our Leaders

Hear From Our Leaders

Hear about the vision for CHS from those leading the way in early childhood education.

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

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.