WSR 10-11-064

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

EARLY LEARNING

[ Filed May 13, 2010, 3:07 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 170-100-080 Early childhood education and assistance program (ECEAP).

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 43.215.020 directs the department of early learning (DEL) to adopt rules for the administration of the program of early learning.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: 2SHB 2731 was signed into law on March 29, 2010. This bill amends RCW 43.215.405 to include a child eligible for special education due to disability in the definition for "eligible child." The eligibility criteria are in WAC 170-100-080, which needs to be revised to align with the new definition. Other related parts of WAC 170-100-080 may be revised as appropriate.

Process for Developing New Rule: DEL plans to work with interested stakeholders during the development of draft and proposed rules. Draft materials, if any, and proposed rules will be posted on the DEL web site at www.del.wa.gov.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Heike Syben, ECEAP Coordinator, P.O. Box 40970, Olympia, WA 98504-0970, phone (360) 725-2839, e-mail heike.syben@del.wa.gov.

May 12, 2010

Andy Fernando

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office