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CHS Experience

The rich foundation of a CHS education in early childhood ensures children have the knowledge, skills, and values needed to grow into their best selves. Our program focuses on three key elements we believe make the difference.

Nurture

We believe every child deserves to be nurtured and supported in early childhood. It helps set them up for a happy, healthy life. This belief drives every detail of the CHS experience from our school setting, to the teachers we hire and the curriculum we teach. We nurture through:

  • Warm touches of home
  • Compassionate teachers
  • One-on-one attention
  • Social and emotional learning
Play

Play is one of the best ways for children to learn and grow. It helps them to develop motor skills, problem-solving, and positive social interaction. Our program encourages play with several indoor and outdoor play areas to keep children active and engaged.

Discover

Catherine Hershey loved to explore. At CHS, we believe that exploration is one of the greatest ways to learn. That’s why we build programs that help children follow their curiosity and discover the world around them. Our program blends hands-on learning with structured study based on standards set by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Building Design

Our Schools

Catherine was known for her welcoming spirit. Each of our schools will be a place of warmth, health, and security. We’ll provide touches of home throughout the school, so children feel comfortable. In addition, our schools will have stimulating spaces like outdoor playgrounds, indoor motor-skill spaces, and a sensory garden. They’ll also offer a Family Resource Center for families to use while visiting CHS.

Child Crawling

Early Learning Enhancements

Year-round resources will be provided to help children thrive at school and at home. These include nutritious meals, transportation, and personal items like changes of clothing, diapers, and basic medical supplies.

Dad and daughter looking at a computer

Integrated Family Services

We believe parents and caregivers are children’s first and most important teachers. That’s why we’re dedicated to working closely with families to set them up for success. Each CHS family will have a dedicated staff member who keeps them informed and helps connect them to tools and resources. These include parenting and educational information, housing services, health care referrals, and job training.

For Interested Families

Want to learn more about our schools? Discover the CHS Experience.

Teacher Reading to a Student

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.