Washington State

House of Representatives

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Human Services & Early Learning Committee

HB 1344

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Brief Description: Concerning child care access.

Sponsors: Representatives Reeves, Ryu, Sells, Valdez, Goodman, Robinson, Shewmake, Stonier, Macri, Kilduff, Leavitt and Pollet.

Brief Summary of Bill

  • Creates the Child Care Access Work Group (Work Group).

  • Requires the Work Group to submit findings and an implementation plan to the Governor and the Legislature by July 1, 2020.

Hearing Date: 1/30/19

Staff: Dawn Eychaner (786-7135).


Child Care Workforce Development Technical Work Group.

The 2017-19 operating budget required the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) to convene a Child Care Workforce Development Technical Work Group (CCWDTWG) to develop recommendations to support increased child care workforce wages, reduce turnover, enable child care providers to recruit more qualified educators, and maintain the diversity of the current workforce. The CCWDTWG's report with recommendations and an implementation plan was due to the Governor and the Legislature December 1, 2018.

Working Connections Child Care.

To be eligible for subsidized child care through the Working Connections Child Care (WCCC) program, an applicant must have a household income at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guideline and be engaged in approved work activities unless the family has received child welfare, child protective, or family assessment response services in the previous six months. Historically, the average monthly caseload of the WCCC has been capped in the state operating budget at 33,000 households, and certain populations have been identified for priority in the event of a waitlist.

Summary of Bill:

The Child Care Access Work Group is established. Membership consists of two members of the House of Representatives, two Senators, and 12 Governor appointees.

Governor appointees must represent family home child care providers, child care center providers, a union representing child care workers and family home providers, an association representing the interests of child care centers, a parent, an early learning advocacy organization, an early learning policy expert, the DCYF, tribal interests, and the business community. Staff support is provided by the DCYF.

The Work Group must:

The Work Group must submit its findings and required implementation plan to the Governor and the Legislature by July 1, 2020.

The Work Group expires December 1, 2020.

Appropriation: None.

Fiscal Note: Requested on January 23, 2019.

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