Negotiated Rule Making and Public Comment Process

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DEL is required by statute RCW 34.05.320 to organize a public comments process, as well as negotiate rules with the Family Home Providers’ union on behalf of represented family child care licensees, and include all other affected parties in this negotiation. DEL has created a robust plan to engage the early learning community in the public comments process, and to negotiate with the various affected parties in this situation, including Child Care Centers, ECEAP and Head Start providers, and Families. 

Over 1,500 public comments were collected and delivered to the negotiators.  These comments and all other documents provided to negotiators are available on DEL's negotiated rule making documents webpage.

Negotiated Rulemaking Meetings

Below are the dates and locations of the negotiation meetings as well as the categories of rules discussed at each meeting. To view the initial draft rules, click on the category sections.
 

May 19-21

Renton, Washington

documents

Orientation

June 23-25

Yakima, Washington

documents

July 28-30

Olympia, Washington

documents

August 25-27

Renton, Washington

documents

September 21-23

Renton, Washington

documents

Continued from June - August

October 12-13

Olympia, Washington

documents

Measuring Consensus

November 17-19

Spokane, Washington

documents

Measuring Consensus

January 5-7

SeaTac, Washington

documents

Measuring Consensus

February 2-4

SeaTac, Washington

documents

Measuring Consensus

March 3-4

SeaTac, Washington

documents

Final Review

 

 


Some of the guiding principles of the NRM process:

  • Decisions are made by consensus and participants understand that consensus means support for or at least acceptance of the proposed rule.
  • All positions and agreements on specific issues are tentative and may be modified until there is a final decision on an acceptable package that addresses all issues.
  • Constituents may have to ratify decisions agreed to by their representatives at the negotiating table and that all parties, including DEL representatives, may have to seek approval from organization representatives who have final decision making authority.
  • Ensure adequate, equitable, and diverse representation per state-wide data. 

Public comment process for NMR

 

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NRM groups providing input

  • Center providers will be coordinated by Thrive Washington. Stakeholders, e.g. CCA, Early Learning Regional Coalitions, local Center Directors’ groups, etc. will provide support engaging all types of center providers.
  • Families/Parents will be coordinated by Child Care Aware. Stakeholders, e.g. DEL Parent Advisory Group (PAG), WSA Parents Ambassadors team, Thrive, etc. will provide support.
  • ECEAP/HS will be organized by WSA. Stakeholders, e.g. CCA, Thrive, Early Learning Regional Coalitions, local Center Directors’ groups, etc. will provide support engaging all types of ECEAP/HS providers.
  • Family Home providers will be coordinated by SEIU. Thrive, CCA and WSA will provide support engaging all family home providers. 
  • DEL team will be coordinated by the licensing division; includes licensors, supervisors, regional administrators, health specialists, licensing analysts, and technical assistance specialists.