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The Department of Early Learning (DEL) regulations (also known as rules, Washington Administrative Code, or WAC) that set the standards for the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) are located in WAC Chapter 170-100.

DEL adopts rules to set standards when directed by state law. DEL may adopt rules to set specific requirements that help clarify more general laws, or that help organize requirements found under both state and federal laws.

The links above will show the current permanent ECEAP rules only. To view pending changes, if any, to these rules and other DEL rule-making activity, visit DEL Rules Under Development.

Interested in learning more about DEL rules? You can join an e-mail list or postal mail list to get current information. E-mail the DEL Rules Coordinator or write to:

DEL Rules Coordinator

Washington State Department of Early Learning

PO Box 40970

Olympia, WA 98504-0970