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Proposed Projects

Title: Head Start Impact Study.

OMB No.: New Collection.

Description: The Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Administration for Children and Families (ACF) of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is requesting comments on plans to conduct the Head Start Impact Study. This study is being conducted under contract with Westat, Inc. (with the Urban Institute, American Institutes for Research, and Decision Information Resources as their subcontractors) (#282-00-0022) to collect information for determining, on a national basis, how Head Start affects the school readiness of children participating in the program as compared to children not enrolled in Head Start and to determine under which conditions Head Start works best and for which children.

The Head Start Impact Study involves ten waves of data collection. The first two waves will occur during the field test in fall 2001 and spring 2002. The field test will involve approximately 600 first time enrolled three- and four-year old preschool children across eight grantee/delegate agencies representing different community contexts. The children participating will be randomly assigned to either a Head Start group (that receives Head Start program services) or a comparison group (that does not receive Head Start services but may enroll in other available services selected by their parents or be cared for at home). Waves three through ten will involve data collection for the full-scale study. The Head Start Impact Study is a longitudinal study that will involve approximately 5,000-6,000 first time enrolled three- and four-year old preschool children across an estimated 75 nationally representative grantee/delegate agencies (in communities where there are more eligible children and families than can be served by the program). Data collection for the full-scale study will begin in fall 2002 and extend through spring 2006 with child assessments, conducted in the fall and spring of the Head Start years and in the spring of the kindergarten and first grade years and parent interviews conducted in the fall and spring of each year. Interviews/surveys with program staff/care providers, and quality of care assessments will be conducted in the spring of each year.

This schedule of data collection is necessitated by the mandate in Head Start's 1998 reauthorization (Coates Human Services Amendments of 1998, PL 05-285) that DHHS conduct research to determine, on a national level, the impact of Head Start on the children it serves.

Respondents: Individuals or households, Head Start Agencies, school districts, and other child care providers.

Annual Burden Estimates: Estimated Response Burden for Respondents to the Head Start Impact Study—fall 2001, spring 2002, fall 2002, spring 2003, fall 2003, spring 2004, fall 2004, spring 2005, fall 2005, and spring 2006.

InstrumentNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentAverage burden hours per responseTotal burden hours
Year 1 (fall 2001):
Parent Interviews60011.00600
Child Assessments60010.66400
Year 1 (spring 2002):
Parent Interviews54011.00540
Child Assessments54010.66360
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Teacher Ratings10850.2527
Family Services Coordinators5010.7538
Education Coordinators5010.7538
Center Directors/Principals5011.0050
Classroom Teachers/Care Providers10810.5054
Total—year 12,107
Year 2 (fall 2002):
Parent Interviews5,11111.005,111
Child Assessments5,11110.663,407
Year 2 (spring 2003):
Parent Interviews4,59911.004,599
Child Assessments4,59910.663,066
Teacher Ratings92050.25230
Family Services Coordinators50010.75375
Education Coordinators50010.75375
Center Directors/Principals50011.00500
Classroom Teachers/Care Providers92010.50460
Total—year 218,123
Year 3 (fall 2003):
Parent Interviews4,13911.004,139
Child Assessments2,28710.661,525
Year 3 (spring 2004):
Parent Interviews3,91011.003,910
Child Assessments3,91010.662,607
Teacher Ratings78250.25196
Family Services Coordinators45010.75338
Education Coordinators45010.75338
Center Directors/Principals45011.00450
Classroom Teachers/Care Providers78210.50391
Total—year 313,894
Year 4 (fall 2004):
Parent Interviews3,51911.003,519
Year 4 (spring 2005):
Parent Interviews3,51911.003,519
Child Assessments3,51910.662,346
Teacher Ratings70450.25176
Family Services Coordinators40510.75304
Education Coordinators40510.75304
Center Directors/Principals40511.00405
Classroom Teachers/Care Providers70410.50352
Total—year 410,925
Year 5 (fall 2005):
Parent Interviews1,66711.001,667
Year 5 (spring 2006):
Parent Interviews1,66711.001,667
Child Assessments1,66710.661,111
Teacher Ratings33350.2583
Family Services Coordinators30010.75225
Education Coordinators30010.75225
Center Directors/Principals30011.00300
Classroom Teachers/Care Providers33310.50167
Total—year 55,445
Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours10,098


The 10,098 Total Annual Burden Hours is based on an average of 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, and 2005-06 estimated burden hours.

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 Information Services, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447, Attn: ACF Start Printed Page 21760Reports Clearance Officer. 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.

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Dated: April 26, 2001.

Bob Sargis,

Reports Clearance Officer.

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[FR Doc. 01-10793 Filed 4-30-01; 8:45 am]