[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 160 (Friday, August 17, 2012)]
[Pages 49817-49818]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-20207]



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: 
Tracking Participants.
    OMB No.: 0970-0364.
    Description: The Head Start Classroom-based Approaches and 
Resources for Emotion and Social skill promotion (CARES) project is an 
evaluation of three 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 Head Start CARES project completed data collection for 
cohort (1) 4-year-olds and cohort (2) 3-year-olds in spring of 2011 and 
cohort (2) 4-year-olds in the spring of 2012.
    ACF is proposing to collect information necessary to identify CARES 
study respondents' current location and follow-up with respondents 
until the children reach third grade. In support of an examination of 
third grade outcomes, information must be collected from parents or 
guardians until the third grade year. Therefore, in the spring of 2013 
tracking of all children will be necessary, in the spring of 2014 for 
the three- and four-year-old children in cohort 2 only, and in the 
spring of 2015 the three-year-olds in cohort 2 only. To enable the 
opportunity to conduct data collection in 3rd grade, complete tracking 
information on the full sample, both ages and cohorts, for all years 
until third grade is necessary. In addition to location and contact 
information, a small set of additional items will provide information 
on the parents' perception of the children's well-being.
    Respondents: The respondents to the tracking phone calls will be 
low-income parents and their Head Start children. This is a three-year 
information collection request.

                                             Annual Burden Estimates
                                                  Annual  number     Number of        Average        Estimated
                   Instrument                           of         responses per   burden hours   annual  burden
                                                    respondents     respondent     per response        hours
Parent Survey Cohort 1-4 year olds..............             201               1            0.33              66
Parent Survey Cohort 2-4 year olds..............             690               2            0.33            1380
Parent Survey Cohort 2-3 year olds..............             320               3            0.33             106
    Total.......................................  ..............  ..............  ..............            1552

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    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.

Robert Sargis,
ACF Reports Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2012-20207 Filed 8-16-12; 8:45 am]