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Outdoor, Nature-based Early Learning & Child Care Programs


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DEL is implementing a legislatively-mandated pilot project to explore the possibility of licensing out-door, nature-based early learning and child care programs.  As part of the pilot project, DEL will explore options for developing a quality rating and improvement system for outdoor preschools.  Rules to implement the pilot project are anticipated.

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How to comment on the this possible rulemaking:

  1. Online: DEL Rules Comment webpage. Click “Add Comment” to give your input, or “View Comments" to read what others have said.
  2. Email the DEL Rules Coordinator 
  3. By postal mail: 

                                Attn: Rules Coordinator
                                Washington State Department of Early Learning
                                PO Box 40970
                                Olympia, WA 98504-0970

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