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Proposed Aligned Standards


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Draft Aligned, Weighted Licensing Rules - for Use in Public Comment and Negotiated Rule Making

The Early Start Act mandated that DEL update our rules that govern child care licensing, part of the Washington Administrative Code (WAC). On this page you’ll find documents that plot out comparisons of current family home and center WACs with the draft proposed WACs, and justifications for the alignment. These are broken out by categories that conform with how negotiation teams will be addressing the WACs. 
To learn how you can comment on these proposed rules, visit our Negotiated Rule Making and Public Comments Portal

Standards Alignment Pages:

For questions, contact:
Debbie O'Neil
Licensing Projects Administrator