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 Council report from December 5 meeting

WFIS representative Chelle Downey-Magee shared the scoop on the December 5 meeting. “It was positive, with several new people attending their second meeting. As always, Vickie and Frank were the highlights, and Heather Moss seemed engaged and positive. There are high hopes for DCYF!” 

CAPE Action on Title II-A

“private schools must bring their influence to bear on continuing the professional development funding for educators outlined in Title II-A of ESEA.”

Early Learning Rules Negotiations Update November 2017

At the November WAC negotiations, the seventh of nine, WFIS and fellow negotiation team members had productive conversations about several tough issues including expulsion, multi-age classrooms, and staff absence reporting.   EXPULSION The teams have not reached...

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,...

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.