WSR 17-16-119
[Filed July 31, 2017, 12:53 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, remove barriers to program participation, and promote program integrity. Changes may include, but are not limited to, revising documentation requirements and submission deadlines for program eligibility and income verification, revising priority groups, and standardizing authorization amounts for all participants.
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 to implement SSB 5883 and to strengthen internal controls for administering 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. The department of early learning (DEL) must follow United States Administration for Children and Families, childcare and development funds (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: 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 at, fax (360) 725-4925, or by writing to the DEL Rules Coordinator, Department of Early Learning, P. O. Box 49070 [40970], Olympia, WA 98504-0970.
July 31, 2017
Ross Hunter