WSR 14-21-043
[Filed October 7, 2014, 12:11 p.m.]
Original Notice.
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 14-16-106.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 170-295-1060 What initial and ongoing state training and registry systems (STARS) training is required for child care center staff?
Hearing Location(s): Department of Early Learning (DEL), Olympia Office, 1110 Jefferson Street S.E., Olympia, WA 98501, on November 27, 2014, at 12 p.m.
Date of Intended Adoption: Not earlier than November 27, 2014.
Submit Written Comments to: Rules Coordinator, DEL, P.O. Box 40970, Olympia, WA 98504-0970, e-mail, fax (360) 586-0533, by November 27, 2014.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact DEL rules coordinator by November 13, 2014, (360) 725-4523.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: To remove language governing the duration of basic STARS training.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: Rule making is needed to remove language specifying the duration of basic STARS training in order to implement the new STARS curriculum, which requires thirty hours to complete. Whereas, existing WAC language specifies that basic STARS training has a twenty hour duration. The new STARS curriculum for providers contains additional training on safe sleep practices for infants to prevent sleep related incidents. Further, the new curriculum incorporates new research, updated child guidance training aligned with best practices, and additional information tied to early brain and biological development, and is aligned with DEL's child care quality framework.
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: Mary Kay Quinlan, Licensing Administrator, 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.
October 6, 2014
Elizabeth M. Hyde
AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 06-15-075, filed 7/13/06, effective 7/13/06)
WAC 170-295-1060 What initial and ongoing state training and registry system (STARS) training is required for child care center staff?
The director, program supervisor and lead teachers must register with the STARS registry and complete one of the following trainings within the first six months of employment or of being granted an initial license:
(1) ((Twenty clock hours or two college quarter credits of)) Basic training approved by the Washington state training registry system (STARS);
(2) Current child development associate certificate (CDA) or equivalent credential, or twelve or more college credits in early childhood education or child development; or
(3) Associate of arts (AA), associate of arts and sciences or higher college degree in early childhood education or child development.