[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 46 (Wednesday, March 9, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 12966-12967]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-5171]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Administration for Children and Families


Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request

    Title: Measurement Development: Quality of Caregiver-Child 
Interactions for Infants and Toddlers (Q-CCIIT).
    OMB No.: New Collection.
    Description: The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation 
(OPRE), Administration for Children and Families (ACE), U.S. Department 
of Health and Human Services (HHS), is proposing to develop a new 
observation measure to assess the quality of child care settings, 
specifically the quality of caregiver-child interaction for infants and 
toddlers in nonparental care. The measure will be appropriate for use 
across child care settings, center-based and family child care settings 
as well as single- and mixed-age classrooms.
    The two-year data collection activity will include two phases: (1) 
A pilot test and (2) a psychometric field test. We will request 
information about the child care setting, its classrooms and families 
for recruitment into the study. Information will be collected through 
observations, focus groups, and questionnaires.
    In the pilot and field tests, the new Q-CCIIT observation measure 
will include observing a small group activity structured with a common 
task and asking follow-up observation questions. Caregivers observed 
will also complete a background questionnaire. Focus groups to obtain 
stakeholder input on caregiver-child interactions will be conducted 
separately with parents, caregivers, and training and technical 
assistance providers. Focus group participants will also complete a 
demographic questionnaire. Parents of children served by caregivers 
will complete a questionnaire on their child's competencies related to 
cognitive, language/communication, and social-emotional development. 
Parents will complete this questionnaire, which will also include 
family and child characteristics, once in the pilot test and twice in 
the field test, at the start of the field test and 6 months later to 
assess growth.
    The purpose of this data collection is to support the 2007 
reauthorization of the Head Start program (Pub. L. 110-134), which 
calls for periodic assessments of Head Start's quality and 
effectiveness.
    Respondents: Child care setting representatives (directors or 
owners), caregivers (center-based and family child care settings), 
parents of children in those child care settings, and training and 
technical assistance providers.

                                             Annual Burden Estimates
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                                                                     Number of
                                                   Annual number   responses per  Average burden     Estimated
                   Instrument                     of respondents     hour per        hour per      annual burden
                                                                    respondent       response          hours
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Child care setting recruitment form.............             190               1            0.5               95
Q-CCIIT measure-small group activity and follow-             290               1            0.25              73
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Caregiver background questionnaire..............             520               1            0.25             130
Focus group interview guide.....................              20               1            1.90              38
Parent focus group demographic questionnaire....              10               1            0.10               1
Caregiver focus group demographic questionnaire.               5               1            0.10               1
Training and technical assistance provider focus               5               1            0.10               1
 group demographic questionnaire................
Parent-report child competence questionnaire....             880               2            0.75           1,320
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    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,659.
    In compliance with the requirements of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Administration for Children and 
Families is soliciting public comment on the specific aspects of the 
information collection described above. Copies of the proposed 
collection of information can be obtained and comments may be forwarded 
by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of 
Planning, Research and Evaluation, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., 
Washington, DC 20447, Attn: OPRE Reports Clearance Officer. E-mail 
address: OPREinfocollection@acf.hhs.gov. All requests should be 
identified by the title of the information collection.
    The Department specifically requests comments on (a) whether the 
proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper 
performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the 
information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the 
agencys estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of 
information; (c) the quality, utility, and clarity of the information 
to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection 
of information on respondents, including through the use of automated 
collection techniques or other forms of information technology. 
Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted 
within 60 days of this publication.

    Dated: March 2, 2011.
Steven Hanmer,
OPRE Reports Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2011-5171 Filed 3-8-11; 8:45 am]
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