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Call for Public Comment - Early Childhood

Call for Public Comment

The Ascension Parish Community Network was established in order to unify our early childhood system and improve kindergarten readiness for children. The network consists of public preschool and qualifying private child care centers within Ascension Parish. The Ascension Parish School System serves as the Lead Agency for the network and holds the responsibility of submitting the Coordinated Funding Request on behalf of the Community Network.  The request is limited to the funding sources for which the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) has oversight and reflects the choices of families within the community. 

On December 1, 2018 the Ascension Parish School System will submit a Coordinated Funding Request on behalf of the Ascension Parish Community Network to the Louisiana Department of Education in order to request 120 seats for LA4 funding for the 2019 – 2020 school year.   This request is being made based on the demand and ability to fill requested seats during the current funding year. 

Chapter 709, Bart B of Bulletin 140 states that, “The Lead Agency shall provide an opportunity for each publicly funded program in the community network and the general public in the coverage area of the community network to comment on the proposed funding request prior to submission to the department and shall include documentation of this process in the funding request.”   The public is invited to make comments on the proposed 2019-2020 Early Childhood Coordinated Funding Plan.  Written comments may be mailed, faxed or delivered to the Ascension Parish School Board or emailed to AscensionEarlyChildhood@apsb.org.   

Proposed Ascension Parish Early Childhood Coordinated Funding Plan for 2019-2020

Type

Source

Number of Seats

Ages

Qualifications

LA4

State Funds

120

4-year-olds

Income based

(At or below 200% FPL)

EEF

State Funds

72

4 year-olds

Income based

 (At or below 200% FPL)

Head Start

Federal Program

251

3-year-olds 

4-year-olds

 

Income based

(At or below 100% FPL)

 

Note:  3-year-old Head Start classes are located in Donaldsonville only

4-year-old Head Start funded seats are available district-wide

 

 

 

 

 

 

8(G)

State Block Grant

60

4-year-olds

Income based

(At or below 200% FPL) or Academically at Risk

Title 1

Federal Program

60

4-year-olds

Income based / Academically at Risk

IDEA

Federal Funding

Varies

3 to 5-year olds

Children with Disabilities in accordance with IDEA, Part B 619 Federal requirements

 Local

LEA Funding

150

4-year-olds

Income based

(At or below 200% FPL)

Academically At Risk

 

Additional locally funded seats are used to provide non-disabled peer models to our Children with Disabilities in an inclusive setting. 

 

CCAP:

Private childcare centers that are part of our Ascension Parish Community Network accept funding through CCAP.  The Child Care Assistance Programs (CCAP) provides low-income, working families access to high quality and affordable child care.  CCAP is also available for those families participating in the Strategies to Empower People (STEP) program that meet the education and training requirement, foster children, children with special needs, and families that are experiencing homelessness.  More information about CCAP can be found at: http://www.louisianabelieves.com/early-childhood/child-care-assistance-program