DEL Related Laws

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The Department of Early Learning (DEL) licenses child care and funds the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) according to laws adopted by the Washington State Legislature and signed by the Governor. Some DEL programs, such as certain subsidies that help parents pay for child care, are offered under federal (United States government) laws. 
 

This section includes information about various laws related to DEL programs and services.

Federal law for Head Start programs

The purpose of the program is to enhance quality of child care by increasing education and decreasing turnover for participating center staff.
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State laws for child care provider hearing rights

The purpose of the program is to enhance quality of child care by increasing education and decreasing turnover for participating center staff.
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State laws for licensed child care and ECEAP

Laws that govern licensed child care and ECEAP in Washington are part of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW).
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State laws on child abuse and neglect

State laws regarding child abuse and neglect are meant to protect our youngest citizens, and are located in the Revised Code of Washington (RCW).
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State laws regarding background checks

The purpose of the program is to enhance quality of child care by increasing education and decreasing turnover for participating center staff.
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State laws regarding Working Connections and Seasonal Child Care Subsidy Programs

Several state child care subsidy programs help eligible families with children pay child care costs. Eligible families include those that work but have incomes at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. The most common is the Working Connections Child Care program (WCCC) as well as the Seasonal Child Care program.  Read More >