Early Childhood & Ascension Head Start
It is the vision of the Ascension Early Childhood Community Network to provide all children, ages birth to four, with a high quality and easily accessible early childhood education in order to ensure kindergarten readiness and future success in school and beyond.
To find and serve at risk families in order to increase the number of children in Ascension Parish who reach kindergarten on time and ready to learn, in order to facilitate future success in school and beyond.
Early Childhood Supervisor & Community Netowrk Administrator
Betsy Templet, Early Childhood Community Network Facilitator
phone: (225) 391-6724
Pam Hughes, Early Childhood Special Education Coordinator
Phone: (225) 391-7226
Hope Gautreau, Principal of Ascension Head Start
Ascension Head Start (3 year old program)
Donaldsonville, LA 70346
phone: (225) 391-7351
ASCENSION PUBLIC SCHOOLS EARLY CHILDHOOD / HEAD START PROGRAMS ARE COMPRISED OF THREE DIFFERENT PROGRAMS:
- PUBLIC HEAD START,
- PUBLIC PRE-K CLASSES, AND
- PRIVATE CHILDCARE CENTERS THAT ACCEPT CHILDCARE ASSISTANCE FUNDING (CCAP)
The Head Start program enrolls 251 children and operates out of the Donaldsonville location (603 Lee Avenue in Donaldsonville, LA 70346). Principal Hope Gautreau can be reached at 225-391-7351.
Coordinated Funding Request - 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 February 7, 2020 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 requesting 26 additional pre-k seats for the 2020 - 2021 school year making the total LA4 funded seats 146. 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 2020-2021 Early Childhood Coordinated Funding Plan. Written comments may be mailed, faxed or delivered to the Ascension Parish School Board or emailed to AscensionEarlyChildhood@
EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM
- Pre-K and Headstart applicants only.
Public School Pre-K and Head Start programs are state and federally funded and income based; therefore, there are limited openings available at each site. Completing an application does NOT guarantee placement. Students are NOT accepted on a first come, first serve basis. All applicants who have a completed application (including income documentation) will be processed in June. Accepted participants will be notified in July.
Go to the Early Childhood and Head Start Homepage for more program information.