WSR 05-06-078

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)

[ Filed March 1, 2005, 4:11 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Working Connections child care, WAC 388-290-0010, 388-290-0025, 388-290-0075, 388-290-0095, 388-290-0100, 388-290-0105, 388-290-0110, 388-290-0120, and other sections as appropriate. In addition, new WAC may need to be developed for the management of a waiting list for WCCC applicants. Amendments to some sections may be done in conjunction with rule making under preproposal notice WSR 04-13-046.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 74.04.050, 74.13.085, and 74.12.340.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Budgetary constraints require implementation of cost savings measures for the Working Connections child care program. Several changes will occur with this WAC filing including decreasing the federal poverty level for eligibility purposes and incorporating flexibility for temporarily not accepting applications, or creating a waiting list for applicants.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: All interested parties are invited to review and provide input on draft rule language. Obtain draft material by contacting the identified representative below.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Sheri Bruu-Deleon, Program Manager, Division of Child Care and Early Learning, P.O. Box 45480, Olympia, WA 98504-5480, phone (360) 725-4675, fax (360) 413-3482, e-mail bruudsl@dshs.wa.gov.

February 28, 2005

Andy Fernando, Manager

Rules and Policies Assistance Unit

Washington State Code Reviser's Office