Program contacts

Mary McMahan,
Early Childhood Supervisor & Community Netowrk Administrator

Betsy Templet, Early Childhood Community Network Facilitator
phone: (225) 391-6724

Yvette Langlois, Early Childhood Special Education Coordinator
Phone: (225) 391-7226

Martha Babin, 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:

  1. Public Head Start,

  2. Public Pre-K Classes, and

  3. 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 Martha Babin 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 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   


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


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Early Childhood Website

(Click link or image above to apply)
  • 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.