WSR 13-17-073
[Filed August 16, 2013, 11:23 a.m.]
Original Notice.
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 13-14-025.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 170-296A-1725 regarding license applicant minimum education.
Hearing Location(s): Department of Early Learning (DEL), State Office, 1110 Jefferson Street S.E., Olympia, WA 98501, on September 30, 2013, at 12 p.m.
Date of Intended Adoption: Not earlier than September 30, 2013.
Submit Written Comments to: Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 40970, Olympia, WA 98504-0970, online at, e-mail, fax (360) 586-0533, by midnight on September 30, 2013.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact DEL rule coordinator by September 23, 2013, (360) 407-1962.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: To allow family home child care licensees another means of meeting the requirement to have education equivalent to a high school diploma, i.e., by achieving level three in Washington state's quality rating and improvement system, early achievers.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: The proposed rules allow licensees who demonstrably provide quality child care to maintain their licenses by meeting education requirements through advancement in early achievers. This promotes access to quality care for families that rely on these providers.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 43.215.060, 43.215.070, chapter 43.215 RCW.
Statute Being Implemented: Chapter 43.215 RCW.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Name of Proponent: DEL, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Lynne Shanafelt, Licensing Administration, DEL State Office, P.O. Box 40970, Olympia, WA 98504, (360) 407-1953; Implementation and Enforcement: DEL licensing offices, statewide.
No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. The proposed rules are not expected to impose new costs on businesses that are required to comply. If the rules result in costs, those costs are not expected to be "more than minor" as defined in chapter 19.85 RCW.
A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. DEL is not among the agencies listed as required to comply with RCW 34.05.328.
August 16, 2013
Elizabeth M. Hyde
AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 11-23-068, filed 11/14/11, effective 3/31/12)
WAC 170-296A-1725 License applicant minimum education.
(1) For any initial family home child care license issued on or after March 31, 2012, the applicant must have a high school diploma.
(2) If the applicant does not have a high school diploma, he or she must submit written evidence of equivalent education. As used in this section, "equivalent education" means:
(a) Passing the general educational development (GED) tests;
(b) Completion of twelve years of elementary and secondary education;
(c) Possessing a current child development associate (CDA) credential as approved through the council for professional recognition; or
(d) Completion of forty-five credits of post secondary education.
(3) In addition to equivalent education defined within this section, a family home child care licensee licensed prior to March 31, 2012 may meet the "equivalent education" requirement by achieving a level three rating in the early achievers program, Washington state's quality rating improvement system, prior to March 31, 2017.