ESSB 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 Passed Senate, March 5, 2013

Title: An act relating to child care.

Brief Description: Regulating child care subsidies.

Sponsors: Senate Committee on Human Services & Corrections (originally sponsored by Senators Carrell, Pearson, Schoesler, Hill and Fain).

Brief History:

Committee Activity: Human Services & Corrections: 1/21/13, 2/05/13 [DPS, w/oRec].

Passed Senate: 3/05/13, 49-0.


Majority Report: That Substitute Senate Bill No. 5157 be substituted therefor, and the substitute bill do pass.

Signed by Senators Carrell, Chair; Pearson, Vice Chair; Darneille, Ranking Member; Hargrove.

Minority Report: That it be referred without recommendation.

Signed by Senator Padden.

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 Engrossed Substitute Bill: The first time a child care provider is found by DEL to have committed a willful or knowing act that is a violation of DEL rules regarding receiving subsidy payments, DEL must work with the provider to ensure they understand the rules regarding receiving subsidy payments. The second time the provider is found to have committed a willful or knowing act that is a violation of DEL rules, the provider is prohibited from receiving future subsidy payments.

DEL must provide exempt providers with a written copy of the rules regarding receiving subsidy payments at initial licensure or at provider registration.

Appropriation: None.

Fiscal Note: Available.

Committee/Commission/Task Force Created: No.

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

Staff Summary of Public Testimony on Original Bill: 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 following:

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.