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Child Care Subsidy Updates


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Improving Services for Homeless Families

On April 19, 2017, DEL filed proposed rules that will define “homeless” and provide families who are experiencing homelessness a 12-month certification period during which they are able to participate in subsidy child care programs.  The proposal establishes the first four months of the 12-month certification as the period during which any required verifications that allow them to participate in the program must be provided.

A May 24 hearing was held and comments were otherwise accepted through May 25.  The comments received are compiled along with responses in the Concisde Explanatory Statement linked below.  Final rules were adopted on May 26 and will take effect June 26, 2013.

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Revising Base Rates & Provider Responsibilities

DEL is preparing to implement provisions of the 2017-19 collective bargaining agreement negotiated by family home child care providers that are codified in the Washington Adminiistrative Code.  Specifically, daily subsidy child care program base rates paid to family home child care providers and hourly rates paid to in-home/relative providers are increasing and the time in which providers must produce attendance records when requested by the departments of social and health services or early learning is increasing to 28 days.  The proposed rules were filed on April 18, 2017.

A May 24 hearing was held and comments were otherwise accepted through May 25.  No comments were received.  The final rules were adopted May 31 and will take effect July 1, 2017.

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