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Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation Advisory Committee on Head Start Research and Evaluation

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AGENCY:

Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

This notice announces a forthcoming meeting of a public advisory committee of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). The meeting will be open to the public.

Name of Committee: Advisory Committee for Head Start Research and Evaluation.

General Function of Committee: The Advisory Committee for Head Start Research and Evaluation will provide feedback on the published final report for the Head Start Impact Study, offering interpretations of the findings, discussing implications for practice and policy, and providing recommendations on follow-up research, including additional analysis of the Head Start Impact Study data. The Committee will also be asked to provide recommendations to the Secretary regarding how to improve Head Start and other early childhood programs by enhancing the use of research-informed practices in early childhood. Finally, the Committee will be asked to provide recommendations on the overall Head Start research agenda, including—but not limited to—how the Head Start Impact Study fits within this agenda. The Committee will provide advice regarding future research efforts to inform HHS about how to guide the development and implementation of best practices in Head Start and other early childhood programs around the country.

DATES:

The meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on January 25, 2011, and from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on January 26, 2011.

ADDRESSES:

Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, 1201 K Street, NW., Washington, DC 20005, (202) 289-7600.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Jennifer Brooks, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, e-mail jennifer.brooks@acf.hhs.gov or call (202) 205-8212.

Agenda: The Committee will review information on the federal Head Start program and the children and families it serves, review the design and findings of the Head Start Impact Study, and review plans for future research on the impact of Head Start. To inform its deliberations, the Committee will also review the evidence related to Early Head Start and programs supporting children from birth through age 5, as well as evidence related to elementary school quality and how best to sustain benefits from early childhood programs through the early elementary school years.

Procedure: Interested persons may present data, information or views, in writing, on issues pending before the Committee. Written submissions may be made to the contact person on or before January 15, 2011. All written materials provided to the contact person will be shared with the Committee members.

ACF welcomes the attendance of the public at this advisory committee meeting and will make every effort to accommodate persons with physical disabilities or special needs. If you require special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Jennifer Brooks at least seven days in advance of the meeting. Notice of this meeting is given under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. app. 2).

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Dated: December 22, 2010.

David A. Hansell,

Acting Assistant Secretary for Children and Families.

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[FR Doc. 2010-33242 Filed 1-5-11; 8:45 am]

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