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
WAC 170-300

Program Administration and Oversight - Records, Policies, Reporting and Posting
Total Comments Proposed/DraftTotal Weighted WAC Comments
Comment Deadline: 8/31/2017 11:59:59 PM16551
Category and Subsections
     
Program Administration and Oversight - Records, Policies, Reporting and Pos
Weighted WAC Value: 4,5
170-300-0450 Parent or guardian handbook   View Comments (39)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (11)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 1,5
170-300-0455 Attendance records   View Comments (19)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (9)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 5,6,7
170-300-0460 Child records   View Comments (20)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (5)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 1,4
170-300-0465 Retaining facility and program records   View Comments (11)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (4)
     

Weighted WAC Value: NA,5,6
170-300-0470 Emergency preparedness plan   View Comments (7)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (4)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 6,7,8
170-300-0475 Duty to protect children and report incidents   View Comments (4)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (4)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 5,6,7
170-300-0480 Transportation and off-site activity policy   View Comments (8)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (2)
     

Weighted WAC Value: NA,5,6
170-300-0485 Termination of services policy   View Comments (14)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (3)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 5,6
170-300-0490 Child restraint policy   View Comments (8)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (3)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 1
170-300-0495 Consistent care policy   View Comments (17)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (2)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 5
170-300-0500 Health policy   View Comments (10)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (3)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 1,5,6
170-300-0505 Postings   View Comments (8)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (1)
WAC Chapter or Section
WAC 170-300

Program Administration and Oversight - Licensing Process
Total Comments Proposed/DraftTotal Weighted WAC Comments
Comment Deadline: 8/31/2017 11:59:59 PM6719
Category and Subsections
     
Program Administration and Oversight - Licensing Process
Weighted WAC Value: 1
170-300-0400 Application materials   View Comments (5)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (1)
     

Weighted WAC Value: NA,1
170-300-0401 Application fees   View Comments (1)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (1)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 5,6
170-300-0402 Changing early learning program space or location   View Comments (1)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (1)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 6
170-300-0405 Background check fees   View Comments (5)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (1)
     

Weighted WAC Value: NA,1,5,6,7,8
170-300-0410 License and program location   View Comments (2)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (1)
     

Weighted WAC Value: NA,1
170-300-0415 Zoning, codes, and ordinances   View Comments (2)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (2)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 8
170-300-0420 Prohibited substances   View Comments (1)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (1)
     

Weighted WAC Value: NA,1,4,5,6,7
170-300-0425 Initial, non-expiring, and dual licenses and license modification   View Comments (3)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (2)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 1
170-300-0430 Subsidy requirements   View Comments (2)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (1)
     

Weighted WAC Value: NA,1
170-300-0435 Waiver from department rules   View Comments (2)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (2)
     

Weighted WAC Value: NA,1
170-300-0436 Variance from department rules   View Comments (2)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (1)
     

Weighted WAC Value: NA,1
170-300-0440 Facility Licensing Compliance Agreements, no referral status, probationary license, and provider rights   View Comments (0)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (3)
     

Weighted WAC Value: NA
170-300-0441 Department action scoring approach   View Comments (21)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (2)
     

Weighted WAC Value: NA
170-300-0442 Compliance and enforcement actions   View Comments (18)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
     

Weighted WAC Value: NA
170-300-0443 Enforcement actions, notice and appeal   View Comments (2)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
WAC Chapter or Section
WAC 170-300

Environment - Infant and Toddler
Total Comments Proposed/DraftTotal Weighted WAC Comments
Comment Deadline: 8/31/2017 11:59:59 PM7814
Category and Subsections
     
Environment - Infant and Toddler
Weighted WAC Value: 5,6,7
170-300-0275 Infant and toddler care   View Comments (9)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (2)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 5,6
170-300-0280 Bottle preparation   View Comments (5)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (1)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 5,6,7
170-300-0281 Breast milk   View Comments (6)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (1)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 5,6
170-300-0285 Infant and toddler nutrition and feeding   View Comments (18)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (3)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 6,7
170-300-0290 Infant and toddler sleep, rest, and equipment   View Comments (11)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (2)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 5,6,7,8
170-300-0291 Infant and toddler safe sleep practices   View Comments (14)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (1)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 5,6
170-300-0295 Infant and toddler programs and activities   View Comments (4)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (1)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 5,6
170-300-0296 Infant and toddler development   View Comments (11)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (3)
WAC Chapter or Section
WAC 170-300

Environment - Sleep and Rest
Total Comments Proposed/DraftTotal Weighted WAC Comments
Comment Deadline: 8/31/2017 11:59:59 PM142
Category and Subsections
     
Environment - Sleep and Rest
Weighted WAC Value: 4,5,6
170-300-0265 Sleep, rest, and equipment   View Comments (9)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (1)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 5,6,7
170-300-0270 Evening and overnight care   View Comments (5)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (1)
WAC Chapter or Section
WAC 170-300

Environment - Cleaning and Sanitation
Total Comments Proposed/DraftTotal Weighted WAC Comments
Comment Deadline: 8/31/2017 11:59:59 PM605
Category and Subsections
     
Environment - Cleaning and Sanitation
Weighted WAC Value: 4,5,6,7
170-300-0240 Clean and healthy environment   View Comments (12)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (1)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 5,6,7
170-300-0241 Cleaning schedules   View Comments (21)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (1)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 1,5,6
170-300-0245 Laundry and equipment   View Comments (7)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (1)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 4,5,6
170-300-0250 Private septic systems   View Comments (5)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (1)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 5,6,7
170-300-0255 Pest control   View Comments (9)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (1)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 6,7
170-300-0260 Storage of maintenance and janitorial supplies   View Comments (6)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
WAC Chapter or Section
WAC 170-300

Environment - Health Practices
Total Comments Proposed/DraftTotal Weighted WAC Comments
Comment Deadline: 8/31/2017 11:59:59 PM606
Category and Subsections
     
Environment - Health Practices
Weighted WAC Value: 6,7
170-300-0200 Handwashing and hand sanitizer   View Comments (10)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (1)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 5,6,7
170-300-0205 Child, staff, and household member illness   View Comments (7)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (1)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 5,6
170-300-0210 Immunizations   View Comments (3)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 5,7
170-300-0211 Children exempt from immunizations   View Comments (3)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 4,5,6,7,8
170-300-0215 Managing and storing medication   View Comments (4)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 4,5,6
170-300-0220 Bathroom space and toilet training   View Comments (12)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (2)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 5,6,8
170-300-0221 Diaper changing areas and disposal   View Comments (8)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
     

Weighted WAC Value: NA,5,6,7
170-300-0225 Pets and animals   View Comments (5)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 1,6,7
170-300-0230 First aid supplies   View Comments (2)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 7
170-300-0235 Safe water sources   View Comments (3)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 5,6,7
170-300-0236 Safe drinking water   View Comments (3)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (2)
WAC Chapter or Section
WAC 170-300

Environment - Food and Nutrition
Total Comments Proposed/DraftTotal Weighted WAC Comments
Comment Deadline: 8/31/2017 11:59:59 PM6318
Category and Subsections
     
Environment - Food and Nutrition
Weighted WAC Value: 1,5
170-300-0180 Meal and snack schedule   View Comments (22)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (4)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 1,5
170-300-0185 Menus, milk, and food   View Comments (17)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (9)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 7,8
170-300-0186 Food allergies and special dietary needs   View Comments (6)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 4,5
170-300-0190 Parent or guardian provided food and Written Food Plans   View Comments (6)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 5,6
170-300-0195 Food service, equipment, and practices   View Comments (9)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (2)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 6,7,8
170-300-0196 Food sources   View Comments (0)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (1)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 5,6,7
170-300-0197 Safe food practices   View Comments (1)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (1)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 4,6,7
170-300-0198 Food preparation areas   View Comments (2)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (1)
WAC Chapter or Section
WAC 170-300

Environment - Safety
Total Comments Proposed/DraftTotal Weighted WAC Comments
Comment Deadline: 8/31/2017 11:59:59 PM282
Category and Subsections
     
Environment - Safety
Weighted WAC Value: 3,7,8
170-300-0165 Safety requirements   View Comments (16)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (1)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 6,7
170-300-0166 Emergency preparation and exiting   View Comments (0)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (1)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 6,7
170-300-0170 Fire safety   View Comments (7)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
     

Weighted WAC Value: NA,6,7,8
170-300-0175 Water hazards and swimming pools   View Comments (4)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
WAC Chapter or Section
WAC 170-300

Environment - Activities
Total Comments Proposed/DraftTotal Weighted WAC Comments
Comment Deadline: 8/31/2017 11:59:59 PM175
Category and Subsections
     
Environment - Activities
Weighted WAC Value: 4,5,6
170-300-0150 Program and activities   View Comments (7)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 1,3,4,5
170-300-0155 Use of television, video, and computers   View Comments (7)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (5)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 4,6
170-300-0160 Promoting acceptance of diversity   View Comments (3)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
WAC Chapter or Section
WAC 170-300

Environment - Space and Furnishings
Total Comments Proposed/DraftTotal Weighted WAC Comments
Comment Deadline: 8/31/2017 11:59:59 PM334
Category and Subsections
     
Environment - Space and Furnishings
Weighted WAC Value: NA,4,7
170-300-0130 Indoor early learning program space   View Comments (14)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 4,5,6
170-300-0135 Routine care, play, learning, relaxation, and comfort   View Comments (4)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 1,3,4,5
170-300-0140 Room arrangement, child-related displays, private space, and belongings   View Comments (4)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
     

Weighted WAC Value: NA,1,5,6,7
170-300-0145 Outdoor early learning program space   View Comments (5)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (3)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 6,7
170-300-0146 Equipment in outdoor early learning space   View Comments (2)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 6,7
170-300-0147 Weather conditions and outdoor requirements   View Comments (4)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 5,6,7
170-300-0148 Garden in outdoor early learning program space   View Comments (0)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (1)
WAC Chapter or Section
WAC 170-300

Interactions and Curriculum - Program Structure and Organization
Total Comments Proposed/DraftTotal Weighted WAC Comments
Comment Deadline: 8/31/2017 11:59:59 PM9812
Category and Subsections
     
Interactions and Curriculum - Program Structure and Organization
Weighted WAC Value: 6,7,8
170-300-0345 Supervising children   View Comments (4)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 7,8
170-300-0350 Supervising children during water activities   View Comments (1)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
     

Weighted WAC Value: NA,1,4
170-300-0354 Indoor early learning program space capacity   View Comments (1)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (1)
     

Weighted WAC Value: NA,1,6,7
170-300-0355 Family home capacity, ratio, and group size   View Comments (43)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (3)
     

Weighted WAC Value: NA,1,5,6,7
170-300-0356 Center capacity, ratio, and group size   View Comments (40)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (2)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 5
170-300-0357 Center mixed age grouping capacity, ratio, and group size   View Comments (5)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 1
170-300-0360 Program and daily activity schedule   View Comments (4)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (6)
WAC Chapter or Section
WAC 170-300

Interactions and Curriculum - Emotional Support and Classroom Organization
Total Comments Proposed/DraftTotal Weighted WAC Comments
Comment Deadline: 8/31/2017 11:59:59 PM172
Category and Subsections
     
Interactions and Curriculum - Emotional Support and Classroom Organization
Weighted WAC Value: 6
170-300-0325 Creating a climate for healthy child development   View Comments (2)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 6
170-300-0330 Positive relationships and child guidance   View Comments (0)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 6,7,8
170-300-0331 Prohibited behavior, discipline, and physical removal of children   View Comments (7)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (2)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 6,7,8
170-300-0335 Physical restraint   View Comments (2)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 5
170-300-0340 Explusion   View Comments (6)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
WAC Chapter or Section
WAC 170-300

Interactions and Curriculum - Learning Supports
Total Comments Proposed/DraftTotal Weighted WAC Comments
Comment Deadline: 8/31/2017 11:59:59 PM70
Category and Subsections
     
Interactions and Curriculum - Learning Supports
Weighted WAC Value: NA,5,6
170-300-0300 Special needs accommodations   View Comments (6)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 1
170-300-0305 Curriculum philosophy and planning   View Comments (0)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 1,5
170-300-0310 Concept development and feedback quality   View Comments (1)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 1
170-300-0315 Language modeling and reasoning   View Comments (0)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 1
170-300-0320 Facilitating child interests, learning, perspective, and productivity   View Comments (0)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
WAC Chapter or Section
WAC 170-300

Professional Development, Training and Requirements
Total Comments Proposed/DraftTotal Weighted WAC Comments
Comment Deadline: 8/31/2017 11:59:59 PM681
Category and Subsections
     
Professional Development, Training and Requirements
Weighted WAC Value: NA,1,5,6
170-300-0100 General staff qualifications   View Comments (43)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (1)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 1,6,7
170-300-0105 Pre-service requirements   View Comments (0)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 1,5,6,7
170-300-0106 Training requirements   View Comments (8)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 1,4
170-300-0107 In-service training   View Comments (5)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 5
170-300-0108 Program-based new staff orientation   View Comments (3)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 1,4,5,6
170-300-0110 Staff policies   View Comments (0)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
     

Weighted WAC Value: NA,4,5,6
170-300-0111 Supervision of staff   View Comments (5)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
     

Weighted WAC Value: NA,1,3,4,5
170-300-0115 Staff records   View Comments (2)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 4,6
170-300-0120 Providing for personal, professional, and health needs of staff   View Comments (2)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
WAC Chapter or Section
WAC 170-300

Intent and Authority
Total Comments Proposed/DraftTotal Weighted WAC Comments
Comment Deadline: 8/31/2017 11:59:59 PM91
Category and Subsections
     
Intent and Authority
Weighted WAC Value: NA
170-300-0001 Intent and authority   View Comments (2)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (1)
     

Weighted WAC Value:
170-300-0005 Definitions   View Comments (3)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
     

Weighted WAC Value: NA
170-300-0010 License required   View Comments (0)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
     

Weighted WAC Value: NA,4,5
170-300-0015 Licensee absence   View Comments (1)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
     

Weighted WAC Value: NA,1
170-300-0016 Inactive status - voluntary and temporary closure   View Comments (1)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
     

Weighted WAC Value: NA,1
170-300-0020 Unlicensed programs   View Comments (2)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
     

Weighted WAC Value: NA
170-300-0025 Certified and exempt programs   View Comments (0)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 5
170-300-0030 Non-discrimination   View Comments (0)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
WAC Chapter or Section
WAC 170-300

Family Engagement
Total Comments Proposed/DraftTotal Weighted WAC Comments
Comment Deadline: 8/31/2017 11:59:59 PM90
Category and Subsections
     
Family Engagement
Weighted WAC Value: 1
170-300-0080 Family support self-assessment   View Comments (6)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 1,4,5
170-300-0085 Family partnerships and communication   View Comments (3)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
WAC Chapter or Section
WAC 170-300

Child Outcomes
Total Comments Proposed/DraftTotal Weighted WAC Comments
Comment Deadline: 8/31/2017 11:59:59 PM130
Category and Subsections
     
Child Outcomes
Weighted WAC Value: 4
170-300-0055 Developmental screening, communication to parents or guardians   View Comments (5)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
     

Weighted WAC Value: 3,4
170-300-0065 School readiness and family engagement activities   View Comments (8)
Weighted WAC Comments:     View Comments (0)
WAC Chapter or Section
New FFN WAC Chapter

DEL anticipates creating a Family, Friends and Neighbors Program WAC Chapter.
Total Comments Proposed/DraftTotal Weighted WAC Comments
Comment Deadline: 2/28/2017 11:59:59 PM50
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Proposed Rules
WAC Chapter or Section
WCCC Center Rates

The 2017-19 Operating Budget funded a 5% increase to child care subsidies paid to child care centers, effective September 1, 2017. DEL adopted an emergency rule to revise the rates, effective September 1. Rule making is underway to adopt the increased rates on a permanent basis.
Total Comments Proposed/DraftTotal Weighted WAC Comments
Comment Deadline: 10/11/2017 11:59:59 PM00
Category and Subsections
     
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