WSR 20-18-087
[Filed September 1, 2020, 5:47 p.m.]
Original Notice.
Proposal is exempt under RCW 34.05.310(4) or 34.05.330(1).
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: Foundational quality standards for early learning programs: WAC 110-300-0011 License transfers.
Hearing Location(s): On October 6, 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 October 6 will be considered.
Date of Intended Adoption: October 7, 2020.
Submit Written Comments to: Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 40975, email, submit comments online at, by October 6, 2020.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: DCYF rules coordinator, phone 360-902-7956, email, by October 2, 2020.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The proposed new rule allows 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 RCW.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 43.216.065.
Statute Being Implemented: RCW 43.216.305.
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)[c](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.
September 1, 2020
Brenda Villarreal
Rules Coordinator
WAC 110-300-0011License 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. A current licensee or applicant must apply to transfer a license using forms and methods determined by the department.
(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(2); and
(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.
(5) At the request of the current licensee or the new licensee, the department will disclose the following license information from the last four years to one or both parties:
(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.
(6) The current licensee or new licensee has the right to appeal the department's denial of a license transfer application by requesting an adjudicative proceeding (or "hearing") pursuant to the hearing rules detailed in chapter 110-03 WAC.