[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 26 (Wednesday, February 8, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Page 6565]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-2738]



[[Page 6565]]

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Administration for Children and Families


Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request

    Title: DHHS/ACF/OPRE Head Start Classroom-based Approaches and 
Resources for Emotion and Social skill promotion (CARES) project: 
Impact and Implementation Studies--Extension.
    OMB No.: 0970-0364.
    Description: The Head Start Classroom-based Approaches and 
Resources for Emotion and Social skill promotion (CARES) project is 
evaluating social emotional program enhancements within Head Start 
settings serving three- and four-year old children. This project 
focuses on identifying the central features of effective programs to 
provide the information federal policy makers and Head Start providers 
will need if they are to increase Head Start's capacity to improve the 
social and emotional skills and school readiness of preschool age 
children. The project is sponsored by the Office of Planning, Research, 
and Evaluation (OPRE) of the Administration for Children and Families 
(ACF). The Head Start CARES project uses a group-based randomized 
design to test the effects of three different evidence-based programs 
designed to improve the social and emotional development of children in 
Head Start classrooms.
    Data to assess impacts of the program models in preschool was 
collected through surveys with teachers and parents, as well as direct 
child assessments. Data to assess implementation of the program models 
in preschool was collected through surveys and interviews with 
teachers, local coaches, trainers and center staff. Data collection for 
both the impact and implementation studies occurred during the Head 
Start Year. The study sample involved 17 Head Start grantees/delegate 
agencies, 104 centers, 307 classrooms, 1,042 selected 3-year old 
children and 2,885 selected 4-year old children.
    The purpose of this request is to obtain an extension to finish 
impact data collection in the 2012 Follow-up Year (e.g., Kindergarten 
for the 4-year olds). This data to assess impacts of the program models 
in the kindergarten year will be collected through teacher reports 
(surveys) and parent surveys.
    Respondents: The respondents for the activities under the extension 
request for Follow-Up year data collection will be parents of children 
and kindergarten teachers of children in the study.
    The annual burden estimates for both surveys covered by the 
extension are detailed below.

                                       Annual Burden Estimates--Extension
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                   Annual number     Number of        Average        Estimated
                   Instrument                           of         responses per   burden hours    annual burden
                                                    respondents     respondent     per response        hours
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Teacher Report on Individual Children...........             962               1            0.33           317.5
Follow-up Parent Survey.........................             962               1            0.33           317.5
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 635.0.
    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: ACF Reports Clearance Officer. Email 
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 
agency's 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: February 1, 2012.
Steven M. Hanmer,
OPRE Reports Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2012-2738 Filed 2-7-12; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4184-22-P