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Mission & Vision

Our Mission

Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning creates high-quality learning communities that nurture, educate, and empower children and families in social and financial need to lead fulfilling and productive lives.

Our Vision

Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning transforms the lives of children by providing them with the foundation for lifelong success. CHS embraces and supports families, strengthens the broader community, and serves as a leader in early childhood education to improve outcomes for children everywhere.


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 children. We believe they are the key to children becoming their best selves.

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.