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The Department of Early Learning (DEL) is committed to adopting rules – also known as Washington Administrative Code or WAC – in an open manner. We welcome your input. Please use this web site to find current draft and proposed DEL rules, and to give us your comments or suggestions. If no rules appear below, that means DEL does not have any draft or proposed rules available for comment at this time. Go to the Rules page to see other current DEL rules activity.

  • Preliminary Drafts are unofficial working draft rules that DEL is seeking informal review and comment on. Public input on these drafts helps DEL write the formal proposed rules. Although DEL isn’t required by law to post preliminary draft rules for public input, we offer these drafts to encourage public involvement in DEL rule changes.
  • Proposed Rules are rules that DEL has filed for legal publication in the State Register, and a formal public hearing and comment period have been scheduled to take input on the proposal. The requirements for proposed rules are in the Administrative Procedure Act, RCW 34.05.320 and 34.05.325.
Preliminary Draft Rules
WAC Chapter or SectionComment Deadline 
New Licensing Rules

DEL plans to implement a single set of weighted licensing standards for child care and the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP)
2/28/2017 11:59:59 PMView Comments
New FFN WAC Chapter

DEL anticipates creating a Family, Friends and Neighbors Program WAC Chapter.
2/28/2017 11:59:59 PMView Comments
DEL plans to make revisio

DEL plans to make revisions to its Director’s List and associated processes.
10/15/2016 11:59:59 PMView Comments
WAC 170-297

DEL plans to revise rules in its school age WAC to comply with the revised definition of “agency.”
10/15/2016 11:59:59 PMView Comments


Proposed Rules
WAC Chapter or SectionComment Deadline 
2017-19 FHP CBA

Daily subsidy child care program base rates paid to family home providers and hourly rates paid to in-home/relative providers are being revised. The time in which providers must produce requested attendance records increases to 28 days.
5/25/2017 11:59:59 PMAdd Comment    View Comments
Homeless Grace Period

Families who are experiencing homelessness and meet program criteria are allowed 12 months' participation in subsidy child care programs under the proposed rules and are granted a 4-mth grace period for submitting any necessary verifications.
5/25/2017 11:59:59 PMAdd Comment    View Comments
Subsidized Care Wait List

Proposed rules explain how wait list will be administered if need for subsidized child care exceeds program funding.
3/23/2017 11:59:59 PMView Comments
Environmental Hazards

DEL proposes environmental safety requirements for childcare providers, including testing drinking water for lead and copper, evaluating facilities for paint and soil hazards, and creating specifications for outdoor gardens.
3/23/2017 11:59:59 PMView Comments
Safe Sleep

Rule update incorporates current health and safety standards that must be followed to protect sleeping infants and toddlers while in the care of early learning providers.
3/23/2017 11:59:59 PMView Comments


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