[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 93 (Wednesday, May 14, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 27620-27621]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-11054]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Administration for Children and Families


Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

    Title: Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES).
    OMB No.: 0970-0151.
    Description: The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation 
(OPRE), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department 
of Health and Human Services (HHS), is proposing to collect data for a 
new round of the Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey 
(FACES). Featuring a new ``Core Plus'' study design, FACES will provide 
data on a set of key indicators, including information for performance 
measures. The design allows for more rapid and frequent data reporting 
(Core studies) and serves as a vehicle for studying more complex issues 
and topics in greater detail and with increased efficiency (Plus 
studies).
    The FACES Core study will assess the school readiness skills of 
Head Start children, survey their parents, and ask their Head Start 
teachers to rate children's social and emotional skills. In addition, 
FACES will include observations in Head Start classrooms, and program 
director, center director, and teacher surveys. FACES Plus studies 
include additional survey content of policy or programmatic interest, 
and may include additional programs or respondents beyond those 
participating in the Core FACES study.
    Previous notices provided the opportunity for public comment on the 
proposed Head Start program recruitment and center selection process 
(FR V.78, pg. 75569 12/12/2013; FR V.79, pg. 8461 02/12/2014) and the 
data collection (FR V. 79, pg. 11445 02/28/2014). This 30-day notice 
describes the first set of planned data collection activities for the 
FACES Core study. Classroom and child sampling information collection, 
direct child assessments, parent surveys, and teacher child reports for 
the Core study are included in this clearance package.
    Methods for Core data collection start with site visits to 120 
centers in 60 Head Start programs to sample classrooms and children for 
participation in the study. Field enrollment specialists (FES) will 
request a list of all Head Start-funded classrooms from Head Start 
staff and will ask for the teacher's first and last names, the session 
type (morning, afternoon, full day, or home visitor), and the number of 
Head Start children enrolled. Then for each selected classroom the FES 
will request the names and dates of birth of each child enrolled. 
Approximately two weeks later, assessors will go to the 60 Head Start 
programs to directly assess the school readiness skills of 2,400 
children sampled to participate in FACES. Parents of sampled children 
will complete surveys on the Web or by telephone about their children, 
activities they engage in, and family background. Head Start teachers 
will rate each sampled child's social and emotional skills 
(approximately 10 children per classroom) using the Web or paper-and-
pencil forms.
    The purpose of the Core 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. As additional information collection activities are 
fully developed, in a manner consistent with the description provided 
in the 60-day notice (79 FR 11445) and prior to use, we will submit 
these materials for a 30-day public comment period under the Paperwork 
Reduction Act.
    Respondents: Head Start children, parents of Head Start children, 
Head Start teachers and Head Start staff.

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                                             Annual Burden Estimates
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                                   Total  number  Annual  number     Number of        Average        Estimated
           Instrument                   of              of         responses per    burden hour    annual burden
                                    respondents     respondents     respondent     per response        hours
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Classroom sampling form from                 120              40               1            0.17               7
 Head Start staff...............
Child roster form from Head                  120              40               1            0.33              13
 Start staff....................
Head Start core parent consent             2,400             800               1            0.17             136
 form...........................
Head Start core child assessment           2,400             800               2            0.75           1,200
Head Start core parent survey...           2,400             800               2            0.33             528
Head Start fall parent                     2,400             800               1            0.08              64
 supplemental survey............
Head Start core teacher child                240              80              20            0.17             272
 report.........................
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    Total.......................  ..............  ..............  ..............  ..............           2,220
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    Additional Information: Copies of the proposed collection may be 
obtained 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. All 
requests should be identified by the title of the information 
collection. Email address: [email protected].
    OMB Comment: OMB is required to make a decision concerning the 
collection of information between 30 and 60 days after publication of 
this document in the Federal Register. Therefore, a comment is best 
assured of having its full effect if OMB receives it within 30 days of 
publication. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed 
information collection should be sent directly to the following: Office 
of Management and Budget, Paperwork Reduction Project, Fax: [email protected], Attn: Desk Officer for the Administration for 
Children and Families.

Karl Koerper,
OPRE Reports Clearance, Officer.
[FR Doc. 2014-11054 Filed 5-13-14; 8:45 am]
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