Washington State

House of Representatives

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Early Learning & Human Services Committee

HB 1639

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.

Brief Description: Creating a specialized child care pilot program for vulnerable children.

Sponsors: Representatives Ortiz-Self, Dent, Frame, Kagi, Goodman, Fey and Doglio.

Brief Summary of Bill

  • Establishes a two-year pilot program to provide multi-tiered behavior support and trauma-informed child care to children from birth to five years of age.

Hearing Date: 2/14/17

Staff: Dawn Eychaner (786-7135).


The Department of Early Learning (DEL) is the lead agency for the Early Childhood Intervention and Prevention Services (ECLIPSE) program. The DEL contracts with two community-based programs to provide therapeutic child care and other specialized treatment services to abused, neglected, at-risk, and/or drug-affected children ages birth to five. Priority for ECLIPSE services is given to children referred by the Department of Social and Health Services Children's Administration.

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are indicators of severe childhood stressors and family dysfunction experienced before the age of 18 that can negatively impact physical and behavioral health across the lifespan. The ACEs indicators include:

Summary of Bill:

The DEL must establish a two-year pilot to provide multi-tiered behavior support and specialized trauma-informed care in licensed child care facilities to children from birth to five years of age. The DEL must select four pilot sites that equally represent urban and rural areas. At least one site must be located west of the Cascade Mountains, and one site must be located east of the Cascade Mountains.

The pilot sites must reserve at least 50 percent of available spaces for children with ACES. Sites must:

The DEL must report to the Governor and the Legislature on the results of the pilot by December 1, 2019. The evaluation report must include recommendations for:

The pilot expires on January 1, 2020.

Appropriation: None.

Fiscal Note: Available.

Effective Date: The bill takes effect 90 days after adjournment of the session in which the bill is passed.