Agencies and Committees

WFIS represents the interests of private schools on agency boards and working groups and serves as the official liaison organization for independent schools with OSPI and the Department of Early Learning.

WFIS Agency and Committee News


 

Early Learning Advisory Committee meeting October 3

Chelle Downey-Magee, Director of Issaquah Montessori, is the Private Schools Representative for the Early Learning Advisory Committee.  The October 3 ELAC meeting occurred in SeaTac at the Crown Plaza Hotel.  Chelle's recap of the meeting...

School Safety Retreat at OSPI

On October 5th, WFIS attended the second OSPI meeting of the School Safety Advisory Committee of the year.  Andrew Rauch, Epiphany School Facilities Manager and WFIS Executive Director Suzie Hanson were pleased to engage with Rep. Melanie Stambaugh of Puyallup and...

Early Learning WAC Negotiations

This summer WFIS participated in three, three-day weekend alignment panel negotiations in addition to several hours per week of discussion and consensus building with various stakeholders.  At the negotiations the five teams - childcare...

Early Learning update

Much has happened over the course of these summer months in the early learning realm.  WA KIDS is now implemented statewide in public schools.  WA KIDS is the testing system for Kindergarteners to determine “School Readiness” and has a whole new team in Olympia. The...

DEL Rules Under Development

WFIS formed a WAC Alignment Work Group back in early spring to engage early learning professionals on five standards DEL outlined for proposed changes: Intent and Authority   Definitions Child Outcomes  Family engagement and Partnership Professional Development,...

WACs: Negotiated Rule Making Process

If you have an opinion on which DEL rules are burdensome, repetitive, or a deal-breaker, please contact WFIS today. NOW IS THE TIME WE CAN CHANGE THE WACS.

DEL Parent Advisory Group needs to fill five vacant seats

WFIS is a strong supporter of the hard work the Department of Early Learning is doing to ensure our youngest kids are in the best possible scenarios statewide. Private schools - this is an opportunity for your parents to guide DEL about the framework of ideas crucial...

OSPI reconvening ESSA Workgroups

from press release by Nathan Olson, Director of Communications at OSPI Three workgroups – two that are reconvening and one that is new – are playing a key role in writing and developing Washington state’s education plan to the federal government. On Jan. 10,...

DEL speaks out on importance of Subsidy Rate Increases

Why Subsidy Rate Increases Matter to Everyone - Even if you aren’t a family on subsidy Talking about base rate increases for child care providers who accept children on subsidy can seem a little wonky. You may think it’s important only to those families and providers...

About our work


 

WFIS representatives work with State Agencies, including the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), The Department of Early Learning (DEL), The Department of Health and others to advocate for the particular needs of private schools.

WFIS representatives at OSPI, DEL and on the State Board of Education communicate regularly with WFIS to help guide and change policy to reflect private school needs.

WFIS works directly with the executive directors of the accreditation organizations in Washington to protect the integrity of accreditation and our schools.   We call these leaders “Constituency Leaders” and rely on their in depth understanding of their schools to guide WFIS’ policy decisions.

WFIS is in Olympia during the legislative session, building relationships with Legislators and their staff, collaborating with lobbying organizations with similar goals, as well as reading and contributing to legislation to be sure private schools are considered when law is crafted and when it is passed.