WSR 17-11-107
[Filed May 22, 2017, 3:17 p.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Revisions to chapter 170-290 WAC to ensure child care subsidy programs comply with state and federal requirements and to promote program integrity. Changes may include, but are not limited to, rules regarding program violations and fraud, rules to better address overpayments, and rules updating subsidy rates and fees.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 43.215.060 and 43.215.070.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Changes to rules are necessary in order to align with federal policies and the department of early learning's (DEL) 2016-2018 child care development fund (CCDF) plan submitted to the United States Administration for Children and Families. These rule changes will also better reflect the administration of Washington state's working connections child care program.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The state department of social and health services jointly administers the working connections child care and seasonal child care subsidy programs. DEL must follow United States Administration for Children and Families, CCDF regulations consistent with the state's CCDF plan. DEL plans to coordinate rule development with these state and federal agencies.
Process for Developing New Rule: Negotiated rule making; and to the extent practicable, DEL intends to seek stakeholder and public input during the rule drafting and development process. At a later date, DEL will file proposed rules, hold a public hearing(s), and accept written comments before adopting permanent rules.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. Individuals and organizations wishing to receive draft and proposed materials may join a DEL rules mailing list by contacting the DEL Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 49070, Olympia, WA 98504-0970,, fax (360) 725-4925.
May 22, 2017
Lori Anderson
Rules Coordinator