Rules Comment Page

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 Section
Outdoor Programs

DEL is anticipating rule making to implement a legislatively-mandated pilot project to explore the possibility of licensing out-door, nature-based early learning and child care programs. During the pilot, DEL will also explore options for developing a quality rating and improvement system.
Total Comments Proposed/DraftTotal Weighted WAC Comments
Comment Deadline: 6/30/2018 11:59:59 PM130
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WAC Chapter or Section
CCDF Plan 2019-21

The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) is the primary source of federal funding for child care subsidies for low-income working families and funds to improve child care quality. The Department of Early Learning (DEL) is required to submit a CCDF Plan every three years.
Total Comments Proposed/DraftTotal Weighted WAC Comments
Comment Deadline: 6/9/2018 11:59:59 PM30
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Proposed Rules
WAC Chapter or Section
New Licensing Rules

Professional development sections of aligned licensing rules that will replace current center and family home child care rules, chapters 170-295 and 170-296A. Weights that appear with the rules are only informational ... there is more work to be done before weights are finalized.
Total Comments Proposed/DraftTotal Weighted WAC Comments
Comment Deadline: 6/27/2018 11:59:59 PM370
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WAC Chapter or Section
New Licensing Rules

Environment sections of aligned licensing rules that will replace current center and family home child care rules, chapters 170-295 and 170-296A. Weights that appear with the rules are only informational ... there is more work to be done before weights are finalized.
Total Comments Proposed/DraftTotal Weighted WAC Comments
Comment Deadline: 6/27/2018 11:59:59 PM180
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WAC Chapter or Section
New Licensing Rules

Program administration sections of aligned licensing rules that will replace current center and family home child care rules, chapters 170-295 and 170-296A. Weights that appear with the rules are only informational ... there is more work to be done before weights are finalized.
Total Comments Proposed/DraftTotal Weighted WAC Comments
Comment Deadline: 6/27/2018 11:59:59 PM10
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WAC Chapter or Section
New Licensing Rules

Interactions & Curriculum sections of aligned licensing rules that will replace current center and family home child care rules, chapters 170-295 and 170-296A. Weights that appear with the rules are only informational ... there is more work to be done before weights are finalized.
Total Comments Proposed/DraftTotal Weighted WAC Comments
Comment Deadline: 6/27/2018 11:59:59 PM40
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WAC Chapter or Section
New Licensing Rules

Child Outcomes sections of aligned licensing rules that will replace current center and family home child care rules, chapters 170-295 and 170-296A. Weights that appear with the rules are only informational ... there is more work to be done before weights are finalized.
Total Comments Proposed/DraftTotal Weighted WAC Comments
Comment Deadline: 6/27/2018 11:59:59 PM10
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WAC Chapter or Section
New Licensing Rules

Family Engagement sections of aligned licensing rules that will replace current center and family home child care rules, chapters 170-295 and 170-296A. Weights that appear with the rules are only informational ... there is more work to be done before weights are finalized.
Total Comments Proposed/DraftTotal Weighted WAC Comments
Comment Deadline: 6/27/2018 11:59:59 PM20
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WAC Chapter or Section
New Licensing Rules

Intent sections of aligned licensing rules that will replace current center and family home child care rules, chapters 170-295 and 170-296A. Weights that appear with the rules are only informational ... there is more work to be done before weights are finalized.
Total Comments Proposed/DraftTotal Weighted WAC Comments
Comment Deadline: 6/27/2018 11:59:59 PM230
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WAC Chapter or Section
Electronic Attendance

Beginning July 1, 2018, licensed child care providers who participate in the Working Connections and Seasonal Child Care programs will be required to use an electronic attendance system to track attendance of the children in their program who receive subsidized care.
Total Comments Proposed/DraftTotal Weighted WAC Comments
Comment Deadline: 5/23/2018 11:59:59 PM50
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WAC Chapter or Section
DCYF-public disclosure

DEL is preparing to transition to the Department of Children, Youth and Families effective July 1. These proposed rules are expected to take effect July 1 and will explain how to request records from DCYF, when fees will be charged, and how requests will be processed.
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Comment Deadline: 5/23/2018 11:59:59 PM10
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