CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILIES
[Filed May 11, 2020, 8:30 a.m.]
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: Foundational quality standards for early learning programs: WAC 110-300-0011 License transfers. Licensed school-age child care standards: WAC 110-305-1001 License transfers.
Hearing Location(s): On June 23, 2020, telephonic.
Oral comments may be made by calling 360-902-8084 and leaving a voicemail that includes the comment and an email or physical mailing address where the department of children, youth, and families (DCYF) will send its response. Comments received through and including June 23 will be considered.
Date of Intended Adoption: June 25, 2020.
Submit Written Comments to: Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 40975, email email@example.com, fax 360-902-7903, submit comments online at https://dcyf.wa.gov/practice/policy-laws-rules/rule-making/participate/online, by June 23, 2020.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: DCYF rules coordinator, phone 360-902-7956, fax 360-902-7903, email firstname.lastname@example.org, by June 19, 2020.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The proposed new rules allow the department to transfer a full child care license to a new licensee in the event of a transfer of ownership of a child care operation; identify criteria the department will consider before transferring a license; and grant administrative hearing rights to appeal the denial of a license transfer.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: Section 5, chapter 343, Laws of 2020, authorizes transfers of child care licenses in the event of a transfer of ownership of a child care operation. Rules are necessary to clarify what conditions must be met for a transfer to occur and to clarify that license transfer decisions are subject to the Administrative Procedure Act, chapter 34.05
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Name of Proponent: DCYF, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Tyler Farmer, Seattle, 360-628-2151; Implementation and Enforcement: DCYF, statewide.
A school district fiscal impact statement is not required under RCW 28A.305.135
A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328
. DCYF is not among the agencies listed as required to comply with RCW 34.05.328
(5)[(a)](i). DCYF does not voluntarily make that section applicable to the adoption of the proposed rules.
This rule proposal, or portions of the proposal, is exempt from requirements of the Regulatory Fairness Act because the proposal:
Is exempt under RCW 19.85.025
(3) as the rules adopt, amend, or repeal a procedure, practice, or requirement relating to agency hearings; or a filing or related process requirement for applying to an agency for a license or permit.
May 11, 2020
WAC 110-305-1001License transfers.
(1) Pursuant to RCW 43.216.305
(1) and subject to this chapter, a full license issued under chapter 43.216
RCW may be transferred to a new licensee in the event of a transfer of ownership of a child care operation.
(2) A full license will remain valid and may be transferred to a new licensee if:
(a) The new licensee meets the requirements in RCW 43.216.305
(b) The department determines before the license transfer the new licensee's child care operation is substantially similar to or an improvement of the originally licensed child care operation.
(3) To determine whether the new licensee's child care operation is substantially similar to or an improvement of the original child care operation, the department must assess the following factors of the new child care operation:
(a) The physical environment and all anticipated changes or updates;
(b) The qualifications and number of all retained and newly hired staff members;
(c) The program operations and all anticipated changes or updates;
(d) The relation or connection, if any, between the original and new licensee; and
(e) Whether the new child care operation is able to comply with the licensing requirements described in chapter 43.216
RCW, this chapter, and chapter 110-06 WAC.
(4) The department will determine and disclose to the current licensee, and new licensee, whether the license is in good standing prior to transferring the license. Such disclosure must include:
(a) A description of any valid complaints;
(b) A description of any instances that the department found noncompliance with the requirements contained in chapter 43.216
RCW, this chapter, and chapter 110-06 WAC;
(c) Safety plans (historical or in effect);
(d) Facility licensing compliance agreements (historical or in effect); and
(e) Enforcement actions levied or pending against this license.
(5) An applicant or licensee has the right to appeal the denial of a license transfer by requesting an adjudicative proceeding (or "hearing") pursuant to the hearing rules codified in chapter 110-03 WAC.