State of Washington
66th Legislature
2019 Regular Session
BySenators Wellman, Darneille, Palumbo, Wilson, C., Kuderer, and Saldaña
Prefiled 01/07/19.Read first time 01/14/19.Referred to Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education.
AN ACT Relating to increasing early learning access for children ages thirty months and older with developmental delays or disabilities; and amending RCW 43.216.505.
Sec. 1. RCW 43.216.505 and 2017 3rd sp.s. c 6 s 210 are each amended to read as follows:
Unless the context clearly requires otherwise, the definitions in this section apply throughout RCW 43.216.500 through 43.216.559, 43.216.900, and 43.216.901.
(1) "Advisory committee" means the advisory committee under RCW 43.216.520.
(2) "Approved programs" means those state-supported education and special assistance programs which are recognized by the department as meeting the minimum program rules adopted by the department to qualify under RCW 43.216.500 through 43.216.550, 43.216.900, and 43.216.901 and are designated as eligible for funding by the department under RCW 43.216.530 and 43.216.540.
(3) "Comprehensive" means an assistance program that focuses on the needs of the child and includes education, health, and family support services.
(4)(a) "Eligible child" means a child not eligible for kindergarten and meets one or more of the following criteria:
(i) Whose family income is at or below one hundred ten percent of the federal poverty level, as published annually by the federal department of health and human services, and includes a child whose family is eligible for public assistance, and who is not a participant in a federal or state program providing comprehensive services;
(ii) A child eligible for special education due to disability under RCW 28A.155.020;
(iii) A child who has received early intervention services in the early support for infants and toddlers program and is at least thirty months old by August 31st of the school year;
(iv) And may include children who are eligible under rules adopted by the department if the number of such children equals not more than ten percent of the total enrollment in the early childhood program.
(b) Children eligible under (a)(iii) of this subsection may enroll in the early childhood program at any point during the school year.
(c) Priority for enrollment shall be given to children from families with the lowest income, children in foster care, or to eligible children from families with multiple needs.
(5) "Family support services" means providing opportunities for parents to:
(a) Actively participate in their child's early childhood program;
(b) Increase their knowledge of child development and parenting skills;
(c) Further their education and training;
(d) Increase their ability to use needed services in the community;
(e) Increase their self-reliance.
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