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 centers, licensors, ECEAP providers, in-home care providers, and parents – each had at least 10 participants.  Regulations were dissected, changed or abolished, voted on, changed again, voted on and then weighted according to risk of harm to children.  This complicated, inclusive process is supported by DEL who has hired consultants to help with the logistics.

The negotiations will continue into the next couple of months.  

In the end, we hope for more meaningful rules that are easier to follow and less nit picky. However, many childcare providers are still concerned about the WACs, in particular: Professional Development Requirements.

Please send WFIS your concerns on the WACs.  The portal to DEL is closed, but WFIS is collecting comments and will negotiate according to suggestions made.


The outline to the right provides a good summary of the work WFIS has participated in with DEL on behalf of our schools.

WFIS partners with the Early Learning Action Alliance throughout the entire year.  The efforts of our joint advocacy coalition have been instrumental in increasing subsidies for Working Connections.  WFIS has been at every meeting for the alignment of the licensing standards, and seeks to share updated information about changes in early learning with private school communities. 


Rules Under Development

Aligned Licensing Standards:  Parents, child care centers, family home providers, Head Start/ECEAP providers, and DEL’s licensors continue to negotiate aligned licensing requirements.  DEL appreciates the negotiators’ efforts and time they are sacrificing as well as the public comments received so far.  Negotiated draft rules are available on DEL’s website in monthly summaries and a September 25 compilation of all negotiated drafts.   Read more >>

Public Records – Fees:  The 2017 Legislature enacted new requirements agencies must follow when charging for public records.  DEL is updating chapter 170-01 WAC to clarify its fees for producing records, explain when fee waivers may be allowed, and better explain payment requirements.  Read more >> 

Working Connections & Seasonal Child Care Subsidy Programs –

  • Increased Rates For Child Care Centers:  A 6% increase to child care subsidies paid to child care centers was enacted by the 2017 Legislature and is now being implemented by DEL.  An emergency rule took effect September 1, 2017 to amend WAC 170-290-0200 accordingly and a permanent rule is in development.  Read more >>
  • Enforcement Update:  DEL is creating rules that will establish consequences for intentional program violations, including potential ineligibility for client benefits and provider payment.  Read more >>
  • Strengthening Internal Controls:  DEL is complying with 2017 legislative mandates intended to strengthen internal controls within subsidy programs.  Proposed rules will require questionable applicant statements of household composition to be supported by additional third-party verification.  Additionally, the proposals remove barriers from program participating by providing flexibility in income calculation and allowing verification that most accurately reflects the consumer’s economic situation.  Read more >>
  • Revising Priority Groups:  WAC 170-290-2210 is being updated to reflect the 2017 Legislature’s changes to priority groups that will not be placed on a wait list should the need for subsidized child care exceed program capacity.  Read more >>

Recently completed rule making

Units of Care:  WAC 170-290-0190 was amended to ensure that that authorizations for full-time care are right-sized to fit families’ care needs and prevent provider billing errors.  Effective date:  September 24, 2017

Special Needs Rates:  Duplicative requirements were moved from WAC 170-290-0220 to simplify the verification process for parents with children authorized for special needs rates once a child’s condition has been verified to be life-long and not improving.  Effective date:  October 1, 2017.

Last day to comment on proposed rules:

October 11

Increased WCCC rates for child care centers

October 26

WCCC enforcement updates

Disclosing household composition as well as non-custodial parent name and contact info at time of WCCC application and other rules intended to promote program integrity

Public records – fees

Updates to WCCC priority groups

Read proposals and comment online or email comments to