Proposed Information Collection Activity; Early Care and Education Leadership Study (ExCELS) Descriptive Study (New Collection), 24626-24627 [2021-09664]

Download as PDF 24626 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 87 / Friday, May 7, 2021 / Notices requirement, CMS is publishing this notice. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Information Collection Administration for Children and Families 1. Type of Information Collection Request: Extension of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Section 1115 Demonstration Projects Regulations at 42 CFR 431.408, 431.412, 431.420, 431.424, and 431.428; Use: This collection is necessary to ensure that states comply with regulatory and statutory requirements related to the development, implementation and evaluation of demonstration projects. States seeking waiver authority under Section 1115 are required to meet certain requirements for public notice, the evaluation of demonstration projects, and reports to the Secretary on the implementation of approved demonstrations. Form Number: CMS– 10341 (OMB control number: 0938– 1162); Frequency: Yearly and quarterly; Affected Public: State, Local, or Tribal Governments; Number of Respondents: 37; Total Annual Responses: 372; Total Annual Hours: 27,914. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Tonya Moore at 410–786–0019.) Dated: May 4, 2021. William N. Parham, III, Director, Paperwork Reduction Staff, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs. [FR Doc. 2021–09751 Filed 5–6–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4120–01–P 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: Proposed Information Collection Activity; Early Care and Education Leadership Study (ExCELS) Descriptive Study (New Collection) Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, HHS. ACTION: Request for public comment. AGENCY: The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) seeks approval to collect information for the Early Care and Education Leadership Study (ExCELS) Descriptive Study. DATES: Comments due within 60 days of publication. In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ACF 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, SUMMARY: Description: The ExCELS Descriptive Study is a new information collection to learn about what leadership looks like in center-based early care and education settings serving children whose ages range from birth to age 5, but not yet in kindergarten, and better understand how leadership might improve center quality and outcomes for staff, children, and families. The goals of ExCELS are to (1) develop a short-form measure of early care and education leadership that has strong psychometric properties, and (2) examine empirical support for the associations among key constructs and outcomes in the study’s theory of change of early care and education leadership for quality improvement. The study will recruit 120 centers that receive funding from Head Start or the Child Care and Development Fund, ask the primary site leader at the centers to participate in two interviews, and distribute surveys to select center managers and all teaching staff to test hypothesized associations between leadership constructs and outcomes in the study’s theory of change. Respondents: Management and teaching staff from center-based early care and education settings that receive funding from Head Start or the Child Care and Development Fund. ANNUAL BURDEN ESTIMATES Instrument Number of respondents (total over request period) Number of responses per respondent (total over request period) 180 113 150 1 1 1 .33 .33 .33 59 37 50 30 19 25 120 120 240 1,680 1 1 1 1 .50 .25 .42 1 60 30 101 1,680 30 15 51 840 Center recruitment call script ........................................... Umbrella organization recruitment approval call script ... Engagement interview guide ........................................... Staffing structure and leadership positions interview guide ............................................................................. Teaching staff roster ........................................................ Center manager survey ................................................... Teaching staff survey ....................................................... Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,010. 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:55 May 06, 2021 Jkt 253001 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. PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Avg. burden per response (in hours) Total burden (in hours) Annual burden (in hours) Authority: Authorized by the Head Start Act section 640 [42 U.S.C. 9835] and section 649 [42 U.S.C. 9844]; appropriated by the Continuing Appropriations Act of 2019; the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 section 658O [42 U.S.C. 9858], which also provides authority to use this discretionary funding for research; appropriated by the Continuing Appropriations Act of 2019; and the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) E:\FR\FM\07MYN1.SGM 07MYN1 24627 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 87 / Friday, May 7, 2021 / Notices Act of 1990 as amended by the CCDBG Act of 2014 (Pub. L. 113–186). Mary B. Jones, ACF/OPRE Certifying Officer. [FR Doc. 2021–09664 Filed 5–6–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4184–22–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families [OMB No. 0970–0214] Proposed Information Collection Activity; Child and Family Services Reviews Children’s Bureau, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families, HHS. ACTION: Request for public comment. AGENCY: The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is requesting reinstatement of the activities associated with the Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSR) collection (OMB #0970–0214). Revisions have been made to the forms to clarify instructions and incorporate new guidance. The activities associated with the Title IV–E Foster Care Eligibility SUMMARY: Reviews and Anti-Discrimination Enforcement Corrective Action Plans have been removed from this collection. DATES: Comments due within 60 days of publication. In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ACF 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 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 (OPRE), 330 C Street SW, Washington, DC 20201, Attn: ACF Reports Clearance Officer. All requests, emailed or written, should be identified by the title of the information collection. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Description: The following activities are associated with the CFSR collection: CFSR Statewide Assessment, CFSR Onsite Review, and the CFSR Program Improvement Plan. The collection of information for review of state child and family services programs (45 CFR 1355.33(b), 1355.33(c) and 1355.35(a)) is to determine whether such programs are in substantial conformity with state plan requirements under titles IV–B and IV– E of the Social Security Act (the Act) and is authorized by section 1123(a) [42 U.S.C. 1320a–2a] of the Act. The CFSR looks at the outcomes related to safety, permanency, and well-being of children served by the child welfare system and at seven systemic factors that support the outcomes. The information collection is needed to monitor state plan requirements under titles IV–B and IV–E of the Act and is required by federal statute. The resultant information will allow ACF to determine if states are in compliance with state plan requirements and are achieving desired outcomes for children and families. If necessary, ACF will require states revise applicable statutes, rules, policies and procedures, and provide proper training to staff, through the development and implementation of program improvement plans. The CFSR reviews not only address conformity with state plan requirements but also assist states in enhancing the capacities to serve children and families. In computing the number of burden hours for this information collection, ACF based the annual burden estimates on ACF’s and states’ experiences in conducting reviews and developing program improvement plans. Respondents: State Title IV–E Agencies. ANNUAL BURDEN ESTIMATES Total number of respondents Instrument 45 CFR 1355.33(b) Statewide Assessment ........................ 45 CFR 1355.33(c) On-site Review Instrument (OSRI) Stakeholder Interview Guide (SIG) .................................. 45 CFR 1355.35(a) Program Improvement Plan (PIP) ....... Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 20,878. 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:55 May 06, 2021 Jkt 253001 Total number of responses per respondent 120 4,680 1,560 39 39 1 1 1,186 300 46,254 11,700 15,418 3,900 Authority: 42 U.S.C 1320a–2a. BILLING CODE 4184–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Community Living Intent To Award a Single-Source Supplement; National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care Announcing the intent to award a single-source supplement for the ACTION: Sfmt 4703 National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care for the National Ombudsman Resource Center cooperative agreement. The Administration for Community Living (ACL) announces the intent to award a single-source supplement to the current cooperative agreement held by the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care for the National Ombudsman Resource Center. The COVID–19 pandemic has significantly impacted residents of long-term care facilities, staff, families, and Long-Term Care Ombudsman programs. During the pandemic the NORC has successfully provided the training, tools and resources for Ombudsman programs to SUMMARY: [FR Doc. 2021–09665 Filed 5–6–21; 8:45 am] Fmt 4703 Annual burden hours 1 Mary B. 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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 87 (Friday, May 7, 2021)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Administration for Children and Families


Proposed Information Collection Activity; Early Care and 
Education Leadership Study (ExCELS) Descriptive Study (New Collection)

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) within 
the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. 
Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) seeks approval to 
collect information for the Early Care and Education Leadership Study 
(ExCELS) Descriptive Study.

DATES: Comments due within 60 days of publication. In compliance with 
the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ACF 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 ExCELS Descriptive Study is a new information 
collection to learn about what leadership looks like in center-based 
early care and education settings serving children whose ages range 
from birth to age 5, but not yet in kindergarten, and better understand 
how leadership might improve center quality and outcomes for staff, 
children, and families. The goals of ExCELS are to (1) develop a short-
form measure of early care and education leadership that has strong 
psychometric properties, and (2) examine empirical support for the 
associations among key constructs and outcomes in the study's theory of 
change of early care and education leadership for quality improvement. 
The study will recruit 120 centers that receive funding from Head Start 
or the Child Care and Development Fund, ask the primary site leader at 
the centers to participate in two interviews, and distribute surveys to 
select center managers and all teaching staff to test hypothesized 
associations between leadership constructs and outcomes in the study's 
theory of change.
    Respondents: Management and teaching staff from center-based early 
care and education settings that receive funding from Head Start or the 
Child Care and Development Fund.

                                             Annual Burden Estimates
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                                                    Number of
                                   Number of      responses per     Avg. burden
          Instrument              respondents       respondent     per response    Total burden    Annual burden
                                  (total over      (total over      (in hours)      (in hours)      (in hours)
                                request period)  request period)
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Center recruitment call script              180                1             .33              59              30
Umbrella organization                       113                1             .33              37              19
 recruitment approval call
 script.......................
Engagement interview guide....              150                1             .33              50              25
Staffing structure and                      120                1             .50              60              30
 leadership positions
 interview guide..............
Teaching staff roster.........              120                1             .25              30              15
Center manager survey.........              240                1             .42             101              51
Teaching staff survey.........            1,680                1               1           1,680             840
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    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,010.
    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: Authorized by the Head Start Act section 640 [42 
U.S.C. 9835] and section 649 [42 U.S.C. 9844]; appropriated by the 
Continuing Appropriations Act of 2019; the Child Care and 
Development Block Grant Act of 1990 section 658O [42 U.S.C. 9858], 
which also provides authority to use this discretionary funding for 
research; appropriated by the Continuing Appropriations Act of 2019; 
and the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG)

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Act of 1990 as amended by the CCDBG Act of 2014 (Pub. L. 113-186).

Mary B. Jones,
ACF/OPRE Certifying Officer.
[FR Doc. 2021-09664 Filed 5-6-21; 8:45 am]
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