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2019-2020 School Year

Nova Scotia Before and After School Program

Please be advised that EXCEL will be partnering with the Departments of Education and Early Childhood Development and Communities, Culture and Heritage to offer the NS Before and After School Program at three sites for the 2019-20 school year.

The program will be available for families with children enrolled in the Pre-Primary Program at the following schools:

  • Brookhouse Elementary
  • Cavalier Drive Elementary
  • Springvale Elementary

Registration for the BAP program in these schools is currently open. The link to our online registration system can be found here .

Families new to EXCEL can use the same link to register the child(ren). Click the “New Parents Open Account” icon which will provide access to the Parent Portal. The registration process must be completed on a computer, not a cell phone. Applications are processed based on the date and time they are received.

2019-20 Pre-Primary Before and After School Program Fee Schedule – click here

Pre-Primary Before and After School Program Online Application Guide - click here

Please note:  Families with an annual household income up to $70,000 may be eligible for the Child Care Subsidy Program and are encouraged to contact Subsidy Program at 1-844-804-2084 or .

2019-20 Pre-Primary Before and After School Program – Parent/Guardian Handbook

If you would like more information on the Pre Primary Before and After School Pilot Program, please contact:

Registering for EXCEL

Registration for the 2019-20 school year started in early June. Applications are processed based on the date and time they are received. Registration is done online and parents/guardians can register at any time. Click here to get started.

This year, the HRCE introduced a new management software called EZChildTrack to support the 2019-20 EXCEL registration and payment process. EZChildTrack offers a secure, convenient, web-based platform on which clients can register their child(ren) online for the EXCEL program. The registration process must be completed on a computer, not a cell phone.

Program fees for 2019-20 will remain the same as this year. As in previous years, families may only submit an EXCEL application for the school in which their child(ren) is registered for 2019-20. Applications are processed based on the date and time they are received.

2019-20 EXCEL Fee Scheduleclick here

EXCEL Online Application Guide - click here

We’ve attached a Question and Answers Sheet which provides some important information regarding the registration process. We would encourage all parents/guardians to read this thoroughly as we are introducing changes to the process.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact us at the numbers below:

Thank you for choosing EXCEL!

Parents/Guardian Please Note: The EXCEL program is a recreational program offered by the Halifax Regional Centre for Education. The program currently operates from within 65 elementary schools and serves as an option to parents for their children during out of school time, either before and/or after school. The EXCEL program was created in the interest of providing an option to families, when and where opportunities are available. Offering such a service however, is not a mandate of the HRCE.

The interest of families to participate in EXCEL continues to grow each year. EXCEL staff continually work with schools to identify available and suitable program space at each site. Such space is not plentiful given that the necessary work within schools does not end with the dismissal bell. Teachers continue important work within their classrooms at the end of each day, and extra-curricular activities and special events are regularly held in gymnasiums, libraries, and multi-purpose rooms. EXCEL utilizes space that does not conflict with these important and required functions. The educational needs of the schools always have priority.

Factors including availability of suitable program space; availability of staff to support participants; the safety of students, and EXCEL’s ability to provide a quality experience for the participants are considered when establishing program capacities. When and where demand exceeds capacities for an EXCEL program, waitlists are formed. These lists are used to understand the demand and to generate conversations that explore the possibility of program growth. With the interest of serving the families within our school communities, the EXCEL office operates twelve months of the year to ensure that waitlisted families are contacted in a timely manner regarding available opportunities for participation.

There are many quality child care and recreation program providers throughout our region. EXCEL is only meant to be one such option for a school community. If your child’s school does not offer EXCEL or if the registration is full, the HRCE would encourage you to explore other potential options.