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DEL Rules (WAC) Under Development


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To help ensure Washington's children are safe, the Department of Early Learning (DEL) partners with parents, child care providers, and others involved in early childhood education to write rules to help protect and nurture children.



DEL semiannual rules agenda

DEL prepares a semiannual rules agenda each January and July with current and planned DEL rulemaking activity. Read More >



Outdoor Early Learning Programs

DEL plans to adopt rules to implement a legislatively-mandated pilot project to explore the possibility of licensing out-door, anture based early learning programs.   Read more >

Department of Children, Youth and Families  - Public Disclosure

DEL is preparing for the transition to DCYF by proposing rules that explain how to request records from the new agency, when fees will be charged, and how records requests will be processed.   Read more >

Working Connections & Seasonal Child Care Subsidy Programs  - Electronic Attendance

Beginning July 1, child care providers will be required to use an electronic attendance system to track children in their care for WCCC or SCC payment.   Read more >

DEL's Director's List

DEL plans to make revisions to its Director’s List and associated processes. Read more >

Family, Friends and Neighbors Program

DEL anticipates creating a Family, Friends and Neighbors Program WAC Chapter. Read more >

DEL Implements The Early Start Act

The Early Start Act was passed during the 2015 legislative session. The law requires the DEL to make significant revisions to the department’s rule chapters. This page will serve as the main source of information on each of those particular rule chapter changes and will be updated as they occur. Read More >

Recently Completed Rule Making


Working Connections & Seasonal Child Care Subsidy Programs  - Enforcement

DEL is creating rules that will establish consequences for intentional program violations, including potential ineligibility for client benefits and provider payment.  Read more >

Promoting Program Integrity for Working Connections & Seasonal Child Care Subsidy Programs

DEL is developing rules to strengthen internal controls within Washington State's child care subsidy programs.  Read more >

Child Care Subsidy Wait List

WAC 170-290-2210 is being updated to reflect the 2017 Legislature's changes to priority groups that will not be placed on a wait list should the need for subsidized child care exceed program capacity.  Read more >

Public Records - Fees

DEL is implementing EHB 1595, including clarifying charging information, explaining when fee waivers may be allowed, and better explaining payment requirements.  Read more >

Working Connections Child Care - Increasing Rates for Child Care Centers

Child care center rates increased September 1.  Read more >



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Rules Coordinator
Washington State Department of Early Learning
P.O. Box 40970
Olympia, WA 98504-0970