Discovery Days Preschool

Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. And Jesus took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them. Matthew 19:13-15

  • An outreach ministry serving young children ages one through five years old 
  • Open September through May
  • Meets Monday through Thursday at Derry Church, Hershey, PA

At Derry Discovery Days preschool, we consider it a privilege to care for your children, surrounding them with God’s love as they discover the world around them, make new friends, create and play. Our goal is to provide a value-based program that helps children gain positive social, emotional, intellectual and physical experiences.

2021-22 School Year Registration

We are now accepting new families into our program.  We have limited availability in our Busy Bee 3s Morning Class and our Butterflies 4 Afternoon Class.  Please email Laura Cox for more information and to request a registration form, or call 717-533-9667 ext. 201.

Meet the Interim Director Laura Cox and the Derry Discovery Days Board

Contact the Director

  Derry Discovery Days’ Preschool COVID-19 Plan and Procedures

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ladybug 1’s and Turtle 2’s classes have been cancelled for 2020-21.


  • Three years old & potty trained by Sept. 1
  • 9-11:30 am Monday & Wednesday (2 days)
  • 9-11:30 am Tuesday & Thursday (2 days)
  • 9-11:30 am Monday through Thursday (4 days)

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  • Four or five years old & potty trained by Sept.1
  • 9-11:30 am Monday-Thursday mornings (4 days)
  • 12:30-3 pm Monday-Thursday afternoons (4 days)

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2020-21 Dates of Interest

  • Sept 21 – First day for AM & PM Butterfly classes
  • Oct 5  – First day for the Busy Bee class
  • Oct 12 – No classes: Columbus Day
  • Nov 3  – No classes: Election Day
  • Oct-Nov – School Photos with Colleen & Co (TBA)
  • Nov 23-30 – No classes: Thanksgiving break
  • Dec 23-Jan 1 – No classes: Christmas break
  • Jan TBA – Preschool vision screenings
  • Jan 18  – No classes: Martin Luther King Day
  • Feb 15  – No classes: Presidents’ Day
  • Feb 17 – Family Ash Wednesday service 9:15 am
  • Mar 15 – No classes: Inservice Day
  • Mar 31-Apr 5 –   No classes: Holy Week/Easter
  • May TBA  – No classes: Election Day
  • May 11  – Class picnics, weather permitting
  • May 20 –  Last day of school

Up to two in-service days to be determined

Weather-Related Delays & Cancellations

DDD follows Derry Township School District for weather-related delays and closings. When the school district has a 1- or 2-hour delay, DDD morning classes will be held 10am-12 pm, afternoon classes 1-3pm.  When the school district dismisses early, DDD WILL NOT have afternoon classes


  • “Strengthen a parent…and you strengthen a child.” Mr. Rogers
  • Open and informed communication is essential for your child’s successful development at Derry Discovery Days. We achieve this by informing parents about our routines and objectives. 
  • The staff is available to meet with parents after school hours. Appointments appreciated. 
  • Newsletters keep parents informed and updated on all events and activities.
  • Parents are welcome to observe their child’s daily routine. Should parents have concerns regarding the health and safety of their child, please discuss these issues with the Discovery Days Interim Director, Laura Cox. The staff welcomes suggestions and ideas. We truly appreciate the parental support given to the program!
  • Questions?  Contact Laura Cox, Interim Director