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The impact evaluation and process study is expected to begin in the fall of 2021 and will include about 140 communitybased and Head Start ECE centers spread across about 12 different metropolitan areas in the United States. The VIQI Project will consist of a 3group experimental design where the initial quality and other characteristics of ECE centers are measured. For details E:\FR\FM\29APN1.SGM 29APN1 22668 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 81 / Thursday, April 29, 2021 / Notices about the study design, see the Supporting Statements at https:// www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAView Document?ref_nbr=202008-0970-009. In anticipation of changes to center characteristics due to COVID–19, annual burden estimates and instruments have been updated to accommodate a different sample size of centers, administrators, teachers, and coaches for the impact evaluation and process study. The previously approved data collection instruments for the impact evaluation and process study include the following: (1) Instruments for Screening and Recruitment of ECE Centers. We do not propose any changes to these materials; (2) Baseline Instruments. Modifications made to surveys remove items that showed little variation in the pilot study, edit item wording to increase clarity and ease of understanding, and add a few new items to capture new constructs of interest based upon the insights gained from the pilot study. The child assessment and classroom observation instruments have been updated to reflect the selected assessments and observations. We added an additional time point of data collection (baseline) for teacher reports on questions about children in the classroom and have added in questions about children’s academic skills. Parent/ guardian reports to questions about children in the classroom have been added to gather information about children’s skills at the beginning of the impact evaluation and process study. Administrator/teacher COVID–19 supplemental survey questions have been added to gather information about how the pandemic has changed typical center and classroom programming and functioning, if there is a need to contextualize findings from the impact evaluation and process study due to circumstances surrounding the COVID– 19 pandemic at the time of data collection; (3) Follow-Up Instruments. Modifications made to surveys remove items that showed little variation in the pilot study, edit item wording to increase clarity and ease of understanding, and add a few new items to capture new constructs of interest based upon insights gained from the pilot study. The child assessment and classroom observation instruments have been updated to reflect the selected assessments and observations. We added in questions about children’s academic skills to the teacher reports on questions about children in the classroom. Parent/guardian reports to questions about children have been added to gather information about children’s skills at the end of the impact evaluation and process study; and (4) Fidelity of Implementation Instruments. Modifications to the Coach Log have been made to remove or consolidate items that showed little variation or proved less useful in the pilot study and to edit item wording to increase clarity and ease of understanding. Respondents: Staff members working in Head Start grantee and communitybased child care oversight agencies, staff members working in about 140 ECE centers in about 12 metropolitan areas across the United States, and parents and children being served in these centers. ANNUAL BURDEN ESTIMATES Number of respondents (total over request period) Instrument Number of responses per respondent (total over request period) Average burden per response (in hours) Total burden (in hours) Annual burden (in hours) Instruments for Screening and Recruitment of ECE Centers for the Impact Evaluation and Process Study Landscaping protocol with Stakeholder Agencies (staff burden in Head Start (HS) grantee and communitybased child care agencies) .............................................. Screening protocol for phone calls (staff burden in HS grantees and community-based child care agencies) ..... Screening protocol for phone calls (HS and communitybased child care center staff burden) .............................. Protocol for follow-up calls/in-person visits for screening and recruitment activities (staff burden in HS grantees and community-based child care agencies) .................... Protocol for follow-up calls/in-person visits for screening and recruitment activities (HS and community-based child care center staff burden) ......................................... 120 1 1.50 180 60 132 1 2.0 264 88 336 1 1.2 403 134 610 1 1.5 915 305 950 1 1.2 1140 380 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Baseline Instruments for the Impact Evaluation and Process Study Baseline administrator survey .............................................. Baseline coach survey ......................................................... Baseline teacher/assistant teacher survey .......................... Baseline parent/guardian information form in Impact Evaluation only ........................................................................ Baseline classroom observation protocol (teacher burden) Baseline protocol for child assessments in Impact Evaluation only (child burden) ..................................................... Parent/guardian reports to questions about children (administered as part of the baseline parent/guardian information form) ..................................................................... Teacher reports to questions about children in classroom (administered as part of the baseline teacher survey) .... 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Number of responses per respondent (total over request period) 980 Average burden per response (in hours) 1 0.25 Total burden (in hours) Annual burden (in hours) 245 82 Follow-Up Instruments for Impact Evaluation and Process Study Follow-up administrator survey ............................................ Follow-up coach survey ....................................................... Follow-up teacher/assistant teacher survey ........................ Parent/guardian reports to questions about children .......... Teacher reports to questions about children in classroom (administered as part of the follow-up teacher survey) ... Follow-up classroom observation protocol (teacher burden) .................................................................................. Follow-up protocol for child assessments in Impact Evaluation only (child burden) ................................................. 140 47 840 6300 1 1 1 1 0.5 0.5 0.75 0.1 70 24 630 630 23 8 210 210 420 10 0.17 714 238 420 3 0.3 378 126 4200 1 0.9 3780 1260 Fidelity of Implementation Instruments for the Process Study Coach log ............................................................................. Teacher/assistant teacher log .............................................. Implementation fidelity observation protocol (teacher burden) .................................................................................. Interview/Focus group protocol (administrator, teacher/assistant teacher and coach burden) .................................. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 7,850. Authority: 42 U.S.C. 9858(a)(5); 42 U.S.C. 9835; and 42 U.S.C. 9844. Mary B. Jones, ACF/OPRE Certifying Officer. 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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Administration for Children and Families


Submission for OMB Review; Variations in Implementation of 
Quality Interventions (VIQI) Project (0970-0508)

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

ACTION: Request for public comment.

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SUMMARY: The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE), 
Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of 
Health and Human Services (HHS), is requesting a 3-year extension with 
changes to continue collecting data for the study Variations in 
Implementation of Quality Interventions (VIQI). In addition to 
extending data collection, OPRE proposes to update burden estimates to 
accommodate a different sample size of centers, administrators, 
teachers, and coaches; to revise data collection instruments and 
activities for the impact evaluation and process study in line with 
lessons learned during the pilot study; to add a second timepoint of 
data collection for the teacher reports to questions about children; to 
provide one new instrument to collect parent report of children's 
skills and behaviors; and to provide one new instrument in anticipation 
of COVID-19 necessitating further information gathering to 
contextualize findings from the impact evaluation and process study.

DATES: Comments due within 30 days of publication. OMB must make a 
decision about 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 within 30 days of publication of 
this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. Find this particular 
information collection by selecting ``Currently under 30-day Review--
Open for Public Comments'' or by using the search function.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Description: Through the VIQI Project, OPRE aims to inform 
policymakers, practitioners, and stakeholders about effective ways to 
support the quality and effectiveness of early care and education (ECE) 
centers for promoting young children's learning and development. The 
VIQI Project completed a pilot study in about 40 centers in three 
metropolitan areas in 2018-2019 that is informing a year-long impact 
evaluation and process study that involves testing the effectiveness of 
two curricular and professional development models aiming to strengthen 
the quality of classroom processes and children's outcomes. The impact 
evaluation and process study is expected to begin in the fall of 2021 
and will include about 140 community-based and Head Start ECE centers 
spread across about 12 different metropolitan areas in the United 
States.
    The VIQI Project will consist of a 3-group experimental design 
where the initial quality and other characteristics of ECE centers are 
measured. For details

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about the study design, see the Supporting Statements at https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewDocument?ref_nbr=202008-0970-009.
    In anticipation of changes to center characteristics due to COVID-
19, annual burden estimates and instruments have been updated to 
accommodate a different sample size of centers, administrators, 
teachers, and coaches for the impact evaluation and process study.
    The previously approved data collection instruments for the impact 
evaluation and process study include the following:
    (1) Instruments for Screening and Recruitment of ECE Centers. We do 
not propose any changes to these materials;
    (2) Baseline Instruments. Modifications made to surveys remove 
items that showed little variation in the pilot study, edit item 
wording to increase clarity and ease of understanding, and add a few 
new items to capture new constructs of interest based upon the insights 
gained from the pilot study. The child assessment and classroom 
observation instruments have been updated to reflect the selected 
assessments and observations. We added an additional time point of data 
collection (baseline) for teacher reports on questions about children 
in the classroom and have added in questions about children's academic 
skills. Parent/guardian reports to questions about children in the 
classroom have been added to gather information about children's skills 
at the beginning of the impact evaluation and process study. 
Administrator/teacher COVID-19 supplemental survey questions have been 
added to gather information about how the pandemic has changed typical 
center and classroom programming and functioning, if there is a need to 
contextualize findings from the impact evaluation and process study due 
to circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic at the time of data 
collection;
    (3) Follow-Up Instruments. Modifications made to surveys remove 
items that showed little variation in the pilot study, edit item 
wording to increase clarity and ease of understanding, and add a few 
new items to capture new constructs of interest based upon insights 
gained from the pilot study. The child assessment and classroom 
observation instruments have been updated to reflect the selected 
assessments and observations. We added in questions about children's 
academic skills to the teacher reports on questions about children in 
the classroom. Parent/guardian reports to questions about children have 
been added to gather information about children's skills at the end of 
the impact evaluation and process study; and
    (4) Fidelity of Implementation Instruments. Modifications to the 
Coach Log have been made to remove or consolidate items that showed 
little variation or proved less useful in the pilot study and to edit 
item wording to increase clarity and ease of understanding.
    Respondents: Staff members working in Head Start grantee and 
community-based child care oversight agencies, staff members working in 
about 140 ECE centers in about 12 metropolitan areas across the United 
States, and parents and children being served in these centers.

                                             Annual Burden Estimates
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                                                     Number of
                                     Number of     responses per      Average
                                    respondents     respondent      burden per     Total burden    Annual burden
           Instrument               (total over     (total over    response  (in    (in hours)      (in hours)
                                      request         request         hours)
                                      period)         period)
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      Instruments for Screening and Recruitment of ECE Centers for the Impact Evaluation and Process Study
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Landscaping protocol with                    120               1            1.50             180              60
 Stakeholder Agencies (staff
 burden in Head Start (HS)
 grantee and community-based
 child care agencies)...........
Screening protocol for phone                 132               1             2.0             264              88
 calls (staff burden in HS
 grantees and community-based
 child care agencies)...........
Screening protocol for phone                 336               1             1.2             403             134
 calls (HS and community-based
 child care center staff burden)
Protocol for follow-up calls/in-             610               1             1.5             915             305
 person visits for screening and
 recruitment activities (staff
 burden in HS grantees and
 community-based child care
 agencies)......................
Protocol for follow-up calls/in-             950               1             1.2            1140             380
 person visits for screening and
 recruitment activities (HS and
 community-based child care
 center staff burden)...........
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                        Baseline Instruments for the Impact Evaluation and Process Study
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Baseline administrator survey...             175               1             0.6             105              35
Baseline coach survey...........              59               1             0.6              35              12
Baseline teacher/assistant                  1050               1             0.6             630             210
 teacher survey.................
Baseline parent/guardian                    6300               1             0.1             630             210
 information form in Impact
 Evaluation only................
Baseline classroom observation               420               1             0.3             126              42
 protocol (teacher burden)......
Baseline protocol for child                 4200               1             0.5            2100             700
 assessments in Impact
 Evaluation only (child burden).
Parent/guardian reports to                  6300               1             0.1             630             210
 questions about children
 (administered as part of the
 baseline parent/guardian
 information form)..............
Teacher reports to questions                 420              10            0.17             714             238
 about children in classroom
 (administered as part of the
 baseline teacher survey).......

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Administrator/teacher COVID-19               980               1            0.25             245              82
 supplemental survey questions
 (administered as part of or in
 addition to administrator and/
 or teacher survey, to
 contextualize findings from
 impact evaluation and process
 study due to circumstances
 surrounding COVID-19 at the
 time of data collection).......
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                          Follow-Up Instruments for Impact Evaluation and Process Study
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Follow-up administrator survey..             140               1             0.5              70              23
Follow-up coach survey..........              47               1             0.5              24               8
Follow-up teacher/assistant                  840               1            0.75             630             210
 teacher survey.................
Parent/guardian reports to                  6300               1             0.1             630             210
 questions about children.......
Teacher reports to questions                 420              10            0.17             714             238
 about children in classroom
 (administered as part of the
 follow-up teacher survey)......
Follow-up classroom observation              420               3             0.3             378             126
 protocol (teacher burden)......
Follow-up protocol for child                4200               1             0.9            3780            1260
 assessments in Impact
 Evaluation only (child burden).
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                          Fidelity of Implementation Instruments for the Process Study
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Coach log.......................              47             108            0.25            1269             423
Teacher/assistant teacher log...             840              36            0.25            7560            2520
Implementation fidelity                       80               1             0.3              24               8
 observation protocol (teacher
 burden)........................
Interview/Focus group protocol               236               1             1.5             354             118
 (administrator, teacher/
 assistant teacher and coach
 burden)........................
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    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 7,850.

    Authority: 42 U.S.C. 9858(a)(5); 42 U.S.C. 9835; and 42 U.S.C. 
9844.

Mary B. Jones,
ACF/OPRE Certifying Officer.
[FR Doc. 2021-08916 Filed 4-28-21; 8:45 am]
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