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 Connections and Seasonal Child Care subsidy programs.  Forecasts for these programs indicate that consumer needs will exceed the program funds appropriated by the Legislature before the end of June 2017 and likely exceed the capacity of the appropriation for fiscal years 2018-19.  Wait lists will be created when consumer needs exceed the appropriated funds for these programs.

The proposed rules clarify how wait lists will be administered, including prioritization, when benefits start for a consumer who is taken off the wait list, withdrawal from and reinstatement to the wait list, and provider payment terms.

These proposed new rules relate only to internal governmental operations that are not subject to violation by a person, a qualifying condition for the expedited rule-making process.

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Expedited Rule-Making Process Information:

These rules are being proposed under an expedited rule-making process that eliminates the need for DEL to hold public hearings, prepare small business economic impact statements, or provide responses to the criteria for a significant legislative rule.  If you object to the use of the expedited rule-making process, you must express your objections in writing and send them to:

Lori Anderson, Rules Coordinator

Email address:

U.S. mail address:  P. O. Box 40970, Olympia, WA  98504-0970

Written objections must be received no later than February 21, 2017.  If there are no objections, DEL will adopt the rules and they will likely take effect in late March.  If there is an objection, DEL will schedule a hearing and take comment on the proposals.

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