The Halifax Developmental Centre for Early
Learning is a
comprehensive preschool program operated by Halifax Association
for Community Living (HACL).
a grassroots, family-based, charitable organization serving
children, youth and adults with intellectual disabilities as
well as offering support to their families in the Halifax
We are governed by a board of 12 volunteers
which manages the Association.
Our programs are delivered by paid professionals and
Today, early education continues to be our main goal. The
Halifax Developmental Centre for Early Learning provides
individualized early intervention programs for children from 18
7.9 years of
age who have a broad variety of needs. The
Centre offers a full-day
child-care program dedicated to typically developing children as
well as children with developmental delays. We want to give each
child the opportunity to reach their maximum potential and
prepare them physically, socially and emotionally for public or
private school, or other community options.
We are proud of our exceptional full-time staff of trained early
childhood educators. The Centre strives to maintain a ratio of
four children to one teacher. We encourage on-going training to
stay well aware of new developments in the field of childcare.
HDCEL is pleased to provide opportunities for students looking
for work experience in planning careers with special
populations. This experience would be valuable to anyone
studying Special Education, Recreation, Physiotherapy,
Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Community Services, Child
Studies and Speech –Language Pathology.
Besides program fees, our funding comes through a variety of
streams including grants from the Department of Education &
Earily Years and foundations, donations as well as fundraising
Feel free to contact
us for any
further information, to be put on our waitlist, or to book a
tour. We look forward to meeting you.