PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILIES
[Filed June 7, 2019, 3:26 p.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Foundational quality standards for early learning programs.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department of children, youth, and families (DCYF) intends to amend chapter 110-300 WAC, Child care licensing rules, to implement chapter 362, Laws of 2019 (immunizations and immunization records) and Directive of the Governor 19-05 (professional development requirements for certain individuals hired or promoted by a child care center). DCYF anticipates amending training requirements to fully comply with the reauthorized Child Care and Development Block Grant Act and related federal rules. Anticipated amendments requested by stakeholders will implement sanitation standards recommended by the Washington state department of health (DOH) and ensure nondiscrimination requirements apply only to federal and state protected groups. Finally, potential amendments may include nonsubstantive, technical changes intended to improve clarity and readability.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The United States Administration for Children & Families, Office of Child Care, administers the federal Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) and ensures that Washington and all other states receiving CCDF appropriations comply with federal requirements. DCYF submits a CCDF plan every three years to the Office of Child Care that serves as a grant application and describes how DCYF will comply with federal CCDF participation requirements. DCYF engages in any necessary rule making to implement the plan once it is approved. DCYF also collaborates with, and seeks approval from, DOH on rules covering health and environmental standards.
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 Deborah O'Neill [O'Neil], 3918 West Court Street, Pasco, WA 99301, phone 509-544-5706, email Deborah.email@example.com, web site www.dcyf.wa.gov, www.dcyf.wa.gov/practice/policy-laws-rules/rule-making/participate/online; or Tyler Farmer, P.O. Box 40975, Olympia, WA 98504-0975, phone 360-628-2151, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 7, 2019