PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILIES
[Filed January 4, 2019, 8:39 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Subsidized child care.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Update working connections and seasonal child care program rules as necessary to comply with federal and state law, remove barriers to program participation, and promote program integrity. Changes may include, but not be limited to, establishing conditions under which certain children and families may receive program benefits regardless of meeting eligibility threshold of approved work or education activities, or where the child is living with an adult who is not financially or legally responsible for the child; incorporating anticipated changes resulting from 2019-2021 collective bargaining between the state of Washington and the representative for family home child care; clarifying program violations and enforcement process; establishing when provider's authorization may be terminated and how the provider may bill for absent days during a ten day notice of termination; copayments; and income verification. Clarify how certain providers bill for services. Align child welfare programs' child care subsidy rules with working connections and seasonal child care program rules.
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 and seasonal child care subsidy programs. The department of children, youth, and family's (DCYF) rules must comply with the United States Administration for Children and Families' child care development fund (CCDF) regulations and DCYF's CCDF plan. DCYF plans to collaborate with these agencies during rule development.
Process for Developing New Rule: Negotiated rule making; and collaborative.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting DCYF Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 40975, Olympia, WA 98504-0975, phone 360-902-7956, fax 360-902-7903, email firstname.lastname@example.org, web site www.dcyf.wa.gov, https://del.wa.gov/PolicyProposalComment/Detail.aspx.
January 4, 2019