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DEL Hearing Rules


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When the Department of Early Learning (DEL) takes an action that affects a child care license, authorization to work in child care, or eligibility for seasonal child care subsidies, the affected person or business may have the right to appeal. There are rules that guide the appeal process.

DEL Hearing Rules and procedures are located in WAC 170-03.

Learn more about hearing procedures by visiting DEL Hearing & Appeal Processes.

The link above will show the current permanent rules only. To view pending changes, if any, to these rules and other DEL rulemaking activity, visit DEL Rules Under Development.

There are different rules for appealing decisions in the Working Connections Child Care program that affect parents' eligibility or benefits, or for a child care provider to appeal an overpayment. Since the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) makes these decisions in Working Connections Child Care, the decisions are appealed under WAC 388-02 DSHS Hearing Rules.

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

DEL Rules Coordinator

Washington State Department of Early Learning

PO Box 40970

Olympia, WA 98504-0970