WSR 06-24-051

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF

EARLY LEARNING

[ Filed December 1, 2006, 1:18 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The department of early learning (DEL) is amending family home child care minimum licensing requirement, chapter 170-296 WAC, to clarify language, align with the quality rating and improvement system (QRIS), and address previous omissions.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapter 43.215 RCW.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: DEL is amending family home child care licensing rules, chapter 170-296 WAC, to clarify the rules, align with the quality rating and improvement system, and address previous omissions. Minimum licensing requirements provide parents assurance that family home child care is a safe, healthy, nurturing early learning environment for their children.

Process for Developing New Rule: Negotiated rule making, DEL will use negotiated rule making to gather wide input on the new rules about licensed family home child care. On January 6 and 20 we will host two meetings where participants will design the negotiated rule-making process. Information about the two planning meetings is available on our web site http://www.del.wa.gov/ccel/rules/Rules.shtml#licensing. We hope for a large turnout of parents, child care providers, and others with an interest in our children.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Joel Roalkvam, Judy Jaramillo, or Liz Egge, e-mail licensing.comments@del.wa.gov.

November 30, 2006

Jone M. Bosworth

Executive Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office