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


 

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...

Policy issues: Early learning facilities funding

Early learning facilities bills HB 1777 and its companion, SB 5753, continue to advance in the legislative process.  The bills offer grants to programs for renovations or new construction.  There is currently a lack of classroom space for early learning programs due...

DEL is changing licensing rules and systems

DEL is taking on, with the help of stakeholders, the arduous task of rewriting the licensing WAC for early learning programs. Here is the latest version: https://www.del.wa.gov/government/proposed-aligned-standards Several of WFIS’ member schools have contacted us...

Increase in Working Connections Subsidy Rates

WFIS, along with many other organizations with a stake in early learning, is striving for an increase in state subsidy rates for low-income children needing support to attend preschool.   Our private schools are running high quality programs in rural, urban and...

Superintendent Chris Reykdal speaks at State board

On January 11, 2017 Superintendent Chris Reykdal spoke at the State Board of Education meeting attended by the Private School Board Member Judy Jennings and Suzie Hanson, ED of WFIS. In his presentation, SI Reykdal differentiated the roles of the State Board and those...

Subsidized Child Care Wait List

DEL is improving the protocol and supporting parents by being prepared and creating a more transparent system that will help families, and ultimately have a more positive outcome.  The notice below outlines these efforts. DEL administers Washington State's Working...

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.