Proposed Information Collection Activity; Assessing the Implementation and Cost of High Quality Early Care and Education: Field Test (0970-0499), 28305-28306 [2019-12796]

Download as PDF 28305 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 117 / Tuesday, June 18, 2019 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families Proposed Information Collection Activity; Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Tribal Annual Report— ACF–700 (0970–0430) Office of Child Care; Administration for Children and Families; HHS. ACTION: Request for public comment. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is requesting a three-year extension of the form ACF–700: Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Tribal Annual Report (OMB #0970–0430, expiration 11/30/2019) with changes. DATES: Comments due within 60 days of publication. In compliance with the Copies of the proposed collection of information can be obtained and comments may be forwarded by emailing infocollection@ acf.hhs.gov. Alternatively, copies can also be obtained by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, 330 C Street SW, Washington, DC 20201, Attn: OPRE Reports Clearance Officer. All requests, emailed or written, should be identified by the title of the information collection. ADDRESSES: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Description: The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Tribal Annual Report (ACF–700) requests Total number of responses per respondent Instrument Total number of respondents ACF–700 ........................................... ACF–700 ........................................... 138 (Tribes with small allocation) .... 83 (Tribes with medium/large allocation). Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 4,780. Comments: 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. Authority: 42 U.S.C. 9857. Mary B. Jones, ACF/OPRE Certifying Officer. [FR Doc. 2019–12782 Filed 6–17–19; 8:45 am] jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES 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. BILLING CODE 4184–43–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:23 Jun 17, 2019 Jkt 247001 Administration for Children and Families Proposed Information Collection Activity; Assessing the Implementation and Cost of High Quality Early Care and Education: Field Test (0970–0499) Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, HHS. AGENCY: Request for public comment. SUMMARY: This information request is part of the project, Assessing the Implementation and Cost of High Quality Early Care and Education (ECE– ICHQ). The project’s goal is to create a technically sound and feasible instrument that will provide consistent, systematic measures of the implementation and costs of education and care in center-based settings that serve children from birth to age 5. The resulting measures will inform research, policy, and practice by improving understanding of variations in what centers do to support quality, their associated costs, and how resources for ECE may be better aligned with expectations for quality. PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Average burden hours per response 3 3 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES ACTION: Tribal Lead Agencies (TLAs) to provide annual Tribal aggregate information on services provided through the CCDF, which is required by CCDF regulations (45 FR parts 98 and 99). The revised ACF–700 report consists of an introductory section that provides program characteristics and two parts: (1) Administrative Data, and (2) Tribal Narrative. The content and format of the entire form have been revised to address Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 changes and to reduce the reporting burden to TLAs. Information from the ACF–700 will be included in the CCDF Report to Congress, as appropriate, and will be shared with TLAs to inform them of CCDF-funded activities. Respondents: Tribal Governments. Annual Burden Estimates: Total burden hours 19 26 7,866 6,474 Annual burden hours 2,622 2,158 Comments due within 60 days of publication. 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. ADDRESSES: Copies of the proposed collection of information can be obtained and comments may be forwarded by emailing OPREinfocollection@acf.hhs.gov. Alternatively, copies can also be obtained by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, 330 C Street SW, Washington, DC 20201, Attn: OPRE Reports Clearance Officer. All requests, emailed or written should be identified by the title of the information collection. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Description: The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seeks approval to collect new information to use in testing measures of the implementation and costs of high quality early care and education. This information collection is part of the project, Assessing the Implementation and Cost of High Quality Early Care and Education (ECE– DATES: E:\FR\FM\18JNN1.SGM 18JNN1 28306 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 117 / Tuesday, June 18, 2019 / Notices ICHQ). The project’s goal is to create a technically sound and feasible instrument that will provide consistent, systematic measures of the implementation and costs of education and care in center-based settings that serve children from birth to age 5. The resulting measures will inform research, policy, and practice by improving understanding of variations in what centers do to support quality, their associated costs, and how resources for ECE may be better aligned with expectations for quality. The goals of the study are (1) to test and refine a data collection approach to gather information about implementation activities and costs of key functions within ECE centers and (2) to develop new measures of implementation and costs for use together in understanding ways to support quality. The study has completed two phases of data collection to develop the data collection tools and measures. The study team collected data through on-site visits to 15 centers as part of an initial phase of data collection to pre-test information collections (data collected under clearance #0970–0355). A second phase (OMB #0970–0499) relied on remote data collection through an electronic cost workbook, telephone interviews, and web-based surveys to gather information from 30 centers in three states to develop preliminary measures of implementation and cost Number of respondents jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES Instrument Center recruitment call (to gain participation; assumes outreach to 10 centers for every 1 center needed): Center director .......................................................................................... Umbrella organization administrator ......................................................... Center engagement call (to gather basic characteristics and plan steps for participation; assumes 20% may withdraw after this step) ......................... Implementation interview protocol: Center director .......................................................................................... Additional center staff ............................................................................... Electronic cost workbook ................................................................................. Staff rosters for time use survey ..................................................................... Time-use survey .............................................................................................. Classroom rosters for observations ................................................................. Total Burden ............................................................................................. Comments: 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. Authority: Social Security Act § 418 as extended by the Continuing Appropriations Act of 2017 and the TANF Extension Act of 2019. Mary B. Jones, ACF/OPRE Certifying Officer. [FR Doc. 2019–12796 Filed 6–17–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4184–23–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:23 Jun 17, 2019 Jkt 247001 Total burden hours .33 .33 264 25 100 1 .50 50 80 20 80 80 1,120 80 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 3 8 .25 .25 .50 240 60 640 20 280 40 ........................ ........................ ........................ 1,619 Submission for OMB Review; Survey of Head Start Grantees on Training and Technical Assistance (New Collection) Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation; Administration for Children and Families; HHS. ACTION: Request for public comment. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seeks approval to conduct a statistically representative survey of directors and managers/ coordinators from Head Start grantee organizations regarding their access to and use of training and technical assistance (T/TA) from multiple sources, including ACF’s Early Childhood Training and Technical Assistance system. The purpose of the data collection is to inform ACF on three aspects of grantee directors and Fmt 4703 Average burden hours per response 1 1 Administration for Children and Families Frm 00041 Number of responses per respondent 800 75 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES PO 00000 and further reduced and refined the data collection tools. This proposed new information collection is focused on a field test of the measures to assess the psychometric properties of the implementation measures and to examine the associations between measures of implementation, cost, and quality. The field test will include a mix of remote and on-site data collection. Respondents: ECE site administrators or center directors, program directors, education specialists, financial managers or accountants, teachers, and aides. Annual Burden Estimates: Sfmt 4703 managers/coordinators T/TA experience: (1) Search and selection of T/TA; (2) receipt of T/TA; (3) and potential relationships between T/TA received and perceived change in practice. DATES: Comments due within 30 days of publication. 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. ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent directly to the following: Office of Management and Budget, Paperwork Reduction Project, Email: OIRA_ SUBMISSION@OMB.EOP.GOV, Attn: Desk Officer for the Administration for Children and Families. Copies of the proposed collection may be obtained by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, 330 C Street SW, E:\FR\FM\18JNN1.SGM 18JNN1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 117 (Tuesday, June 18, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 28305-28306]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-12796]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Administration for Children and Families


Proposed Information Collection Activity; Assessing the 
Implementation and Cost of High Quality Early Care and Education: Field 
Test (0970-0499)

AGENCY: Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration 
for Children and Families, HHS.

ACTION: Request for public comment.

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SUMMARY: This information request is part of the project, Assessing the 
Implementation and Cost of High Quality Early Care and Education (ECE-
ICHQ). The project's goal is to create a technically sound and feasible 
instrument that will provide consistent, systematic measures of the 
implementation and costs of education and care in center-based settings 
that serve children from birth to age 5. The resulting measures will 
inform research, policy, and practice by improving understanding of 
variations in what centers do to support quality, their associated 
costs, and how resources for ECE may be better aligned with 
expectations for quality.

DATES: Comments due within 60 days of publication. 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.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the proposed collection of information can be 
obtained and comments may be forwarded by emailing 
[email protected]. Alternatively, copies can also be 
obtained by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, 
Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, 330 C Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20201, Attn: OPRE Reports Clearance Officer. All 
requests, emailed or written should be identified by the title of the 
information collection.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Description: The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at 
the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seeks approval 
to collect new information to use in testing measures of the 
implementation and costs of high quality early care and education. This 
information collection is part of the project, Assessing the 
Implementation and Cost of High Quality Early Care and Education (ECE-

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ICHQ). The project's goal is to create a technically sound and feasible 
instrument that will provide consistent, systematic measures of the 
implementation and costs of education and care in center-based settings 
that serve children from birth to age 5. The resulting measures will 
inform research, policy, and practice by improving understanding of 
variations in what centers do to support quality, their associated 
costs, and how resources for ECE may be better aligned with 
expectations for quality. The goals of the study are (1) to test and 
refine a data collection approach to gather information about 
implementation activities and costs of key functions within ECE centers 
and (2) to develop new measures of implementation and costs for use 
together in understanding ways to support quality. The study has 
completed two phases of data collection to develop the data collection 
tools and measures. The study team collected data through on-site 
visits to 15 centers as part of an initial phase of data collection to 
pre-test information collections (data collected under clearance #0970-
0355). A second phase (OMB #0970-0499) relied on remote data collection 
through an electronic cost workbook, telephone interviews, and web-
based surveys to gather information from 30 centers in three states to 
develop preliminary measures of implementation and cost and further 
reduced and refined the data collection tools.
    This proposed new information collection is focused on a field test 
of the measures to assess the psychometric properties of the 
implementation measures and to examine the associations between 
measures of implementation, cost, and quality. The field test will 
include a mix of remote and on-site data collection.
    Respondents: ECE site administrators or center directors, program 
directors, education specialists, financial managers or accountants, 
teachers, and aides.
    Annual Burden Estimates:

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                                                                     Number of    Average burden
                   Instrument                        Number of     responses per     hours per     Total burden
                                                    respondents     respondent       response          hours
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Center recruitment call (to gain participation;
 assumes outreach to 10 centers for every 1
 center needed):
    Center director.............................             800               1             .33             264
    Umbrella organization administrator.........              75               1             .33              25
Center engagement call (to gather basic                      100               1             .50              50
 characteristics and plan steps for
 participation; assumes 20% may withdraw after
 this step).....................................
Implementation interview protocol:
    Center director.............................              80               1               3             240
    Additional center staff.....................              20               1               3              60
Electronic cost workbook........................              80               1               8             640
Staff rosters for time use survey...............              80               1             .25              20
Time-use survey.................................           1,120               1             .25             280
Classroom rosters for observations..............              80               1             .50              40
                                                 ---------------------------------------------------------------
    Total Burden................................  ..............  ..............  ..............           1,619
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    Comments: 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.
    Authority: Social Security Act Sec.  418 as extended by the 
Continuing Appropriations Act of 2017 and the TANF Extension Act of 
2019.

Mary B. Jones,
ACF/OPRE Certifying Officer.
[FR Doc. 2019-12796 Filed 6-17-19; 8:45 am]
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