An important and historic opportunity to expand and enhance the impact of Milton and Catherine Hershey's vision to serve more children from economically disadvantaged and at-risk backgrounds through education.

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About the ECE Initiative

The Early Childhood Education Initiative (ECE Initiative) calls for the initial creation of up to six cost-free Early Childhood Resource Centers (ECRCs) operated through subsidiaries of Milton Hershey School. These ECRCs will be designed to develop the educational, cognitive, social, emotional, and physical well-being of children from birth to age 5 from economically disadvantaged and at-risk backgrounds.

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Why ECE

Through the more than 110-year history of Milton Hershey School, both the School and the Hershey Trust Company have sought to find new ways to expand and enhance the impact of founders Milton and Catherine Hershey's vision.

The enrollment of the School reached a historic high at the opening of the 2019-20 school year – with plans to grow more – and Milton Hershey School Trust assets have increased substantially. An opportunity now exists to expand and enhance that impact through early childhood education in a way that is consistent with the Hersheys' intent and vision.

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"Throughout our 110-year history, Milton Hershey School has developed new ways to expand and enhance the impact of Milton and Catherine Hershey’s vision. The ECE Initiative continues that process. With sustained outstanding academic results and a retention rate that reached a 50-year high, we now have an incredible new opportunity to serve even more children from economically disadvantaged and at-risk backgrounds."

Peter G. Gurt ’85, Milton Hershey School President and alumnus

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Milton Hershey School, Hershey Trust Company Receive Court Approval to Advance Cost-Free Early Childhood Education Initiative

Court Approval Allows Milton Hershey School, Hershey Trust Company to Serve Even More Children from Economically Disadvantaged and At-Risk Backgrounds with $350 Million Investment