SB 5157

This analysis was prepared by non-partisan legislative staff for the use of legislative members in their deliberations. This analysis is not a part of the legislation nor does it constitute a statement of legislative intent.

As of February 1, 2013

Title: An act relating to child care.

Brief Description: Regulating provision of child care.

Sponsors: Senators Carrell, Pearson, Schoesler, Hill and Fain.

Brief History:

Committee Activity: Human Services & Corrections: 1/21/13.


Staff: Shani Bauer (786-7468)

Background: Most persons providing child care must be licensed by the Department of Early Learning (DEL). The following are exempt from licensing:

The Working Connections Child Care (WCCC) provides state-subsidized child care to eligible persons. It is not a condition of eligibility that the recipient assist the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) in collecting child support or otherwise seek child support services from DSHS.

Summary of Bill: Any blood relative, step-parent or step-sibling, adoptive parent or their children, spouse of the blood relative, step-parent or step-sibling, adoptive parent or their children, person who cares for a neighbor or friend's child or children, or parent who provides care on a mutually cooperative basis, is exempt from licensing for one year from the date child care is first provided. Thereafter, to continue providing child care, the person must become licensed by DEL.

As a condition of receiving WCCC, the applicant must seek child support enforcement services from DSHS, unless there is good cause not to. The payment for WCCC constitutes an authorization for DSHS to provide the WCCC recipient with child support services. DSHS is authorized to collect, but not retain, child support payments.

Appropriation: None.

Fiscal Note: Requested on January 18, 2013.

Committee/Commission/Task Force Created: No.

Effective Date: Ninety days after adjournment of session in which bill is passed.

Staff Summary of Public Testimony: CON: The family, friend, and neighbor child care provisions allow the provision of care without having to open a business to do so. This is especially important when caring for children with special needs. As a retired child therapist watches her two grandchildren, she provides care that one of her grandchildren, who has special needs, would not have otherwise gotten in another kind of child care. She does not want to become a licensed child care provider and small business owner; she just wants to provide care to her grandkids.

OTHER: Families who receive WCCC subsidy may choose from a variety of child care, licensed child care centers or family child care homes, or license exempt providers. Families may choose license-exempt providers for a number of reasons including:

The federal Child Care and Development Fund grant requires states to allow parental choice of child care providers. This bill would place some limitations on a parents' choice at one year.

Persons Testifying: CON: Susan Bauers, Lani Todd, SEIU 925.

OTHER: Amy Blondin, DEL.