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Title: Head Start Impact Study.

OMB No.: 0970-0229.

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 is a longitudinal study that will involve approximately 5,000 first time enrolled three- and four-year old preschool children across an estimated 90 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 began in fall 2002 and extends 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 (Coats Human Services Amendments of 1998, Pub. L. 05-285) that DHHS conduct research to determine, on a national level, the impact of Head Start on the children it serves.

A field test of instruments and procedures was conducted during fall 2001 and spring 2002. The field test involved approximately 450 first time enrolled three-and four-year old preschool children across eight grantee/delegate agencies representing different community contexts.

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 2002, spring 2003, fall 2003, spring 2004, spring 2005, fall 2005, and spring 2006.

InstrumentNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentAverage burden hours per responseTotal burden hours
Year 1 (fall 2002):
Parent Interviews5,11111.005,111
Child Assessments5,11110.91664,685
Year 1 (spring 2003):
Parent Interviews4,59911.004,599
Father Questionnaire4,59910.502,300
Child Assessments4,59910.91664,216
Teacher/Provider Ratings96650.833403
Center Directors/Principals36810.2592
Classroom Teachers73610.50368
Other Care Providers23010.50115
Year 2 (fall 2003):
Parent Interviews4,13911.004,139
Child Assessments2,28710.91662,096
Year 2 (spring 2004):
Parent Interviews3,91011.003,910
Child Assessments3,91010.91663,584
Teacher/Provider Ratings80350.833335
Center Directors/Principals34910.2587
Classroom Teachers70010.50350
Other Care Providers10310.5052
Year 3 (fall 2004):
Parent Interviews3,51911.003,519
Year 3 (spring 2005):
Parent Interviews3,51911.003,519
Child Assessments3,51910.91663,226
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Teacher Ratings70450.0833293
Classroom Teachers70410.50352
Year 4 (fall 2005):
Parent Interviews1,66711.001,667
Year 4 (spring 2006):
Parent Interviews1,66711.001,667
Child Assessments1,66710.91661,528
Teacher Ratings33350.0833139
Classroom Teachers33310.50167
Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours13,162
Note: The 13,745 Total Annual Burden Hours is based on an average of 2003-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, and 2005-06 estimated burden hours.

Additional Information

Copies of the proposed collection may be obtained by writing to The Administration for Children and Families, Office of Information Services, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447, Attn: ACF Reports Clearance Officer.

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, 725 175th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503, Attn: Desk Officer for ACF.

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March 10, 2003.

Bob Sargis,

Reports Clearance Officer.

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[FR Doc. 03-6151 Filed 3-13-03; 8:45 am]