The Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) is working with School’s Out Washington (SOWA) to develop and implement a recommendation process for improving and updating the School-Age Only Child Care regulations (WAC 110-305) also known as Washington Administrative Codes (WACs). The intent is to improve these regulations so that they reflect best-practices for working with school-age children, support quality learning environments, and align with the business of school-age child care. The process will include a robust stakeholder engagement process incorporating in-person and online facilitated discussions along with an online survey.

At the end of this work, School’s Out Washington will deliver a set of recommended updates to the School Age Child Care regulation codes.

NOTE: The recommendations will only focus on School-Age Only Child Care licensing under Chapter 110-305 of the Washington Administrative Code. This will not impact any other types of licensing or programs eligible to participate in Early Achievers.

Updates

Update 12 (March 2021): New Proposed SACC WACs are Released 

DCYF has formally released the final draft of the new proposed SACC WACs for public comment through April 6, 2021. The WACs should be finalized and put in place quickly thereafter.  

Next steps: 

  • The Guiding Council will meet the week of March 15 to develop a final set of recommended changes to the proposed WACs.  
  • SOWA will send those recommendations out to the field the week of March 22.  
  • You and your organization can submit these and additional recommendations to ensure these new WACs: support children, families, and providers. 
  • Submissions can be made to DCYF through Tuesday, April 6.  

If you have any questions, please reach out to Brianna at bkirschenaum@schoolsoutwashington.org.

Update 11 (September 2020): Sign-On Letter

As you know, we have been working for almost two years to update and improve the School-Age Only Licensed Child Care WACs. The WACs are almost ready for public comment, but due to COVID and other issues, the proposed WACs are stuck in the Attorney General’s Office. The link below takes you to a sign-on letter asking the AG’s Office to get moving on these so that DCYF can release them for public comment, adjustments based on public comment, and then approval and implementation.

Please see the letter and fill out this form to add your organization’s name to help get this process moving and finalized.

Contact David Beard with any questions: dbeard@schoolsoutwashington.org

Thank you all for your work and support of school-age children and the child care that supports them and working families!

Update 10 (March 2020): School-Age Only Child Care WACs Move into the Final Phase

SOWA and the SACC WAC Guiding Council has been hard at work providing feedback to the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) regarding updates and improvements to the SACC-Only child care regulations. That process is starting to wrap up and we are hopeful the final result will help children and providers. As a reminder, here is are the recommendations the Guiding Council sent to DCYF in the fall. Later this spring, a draft set of new regulations will be publically available for review and comment. Look for another email regarding that once we have more information, likely in April. 

On a related note, SOWA and several SACC providers are a part of the Washington State Child Care Collaborative Task Force, which will be making many policy and regulatory recommendations on improving child care, including a new subsidy rate structure. Additionally, the Washington ELO Network has a School-Age Child Care Subcommittee that has been meeting monthly to guide child care policy discussions and action at the state level. Those calls are the third Tuesday of each month from 1pm – 2pm. Email David Beard if interested in participating or if you have any questions about the WAC update process.

Update 9: SACC Regulation Updates Are Now Underway

We are pleased to announce that Washington State Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF) has begun the rule-making process to update the School-Age Only Child Care Regulations (WAC 110-305). The department has taken the report that was developed with input from providers and stakeholders all over the state in helping craft new proposed regulations.

Right now, the department anticipates that that regulations will be public in the spring for comment and then finalized and put into statute by August 1, 2020. This is great news for the field.

Thank you to everyone who signed on to a letter asking the department to develop an expedited process to update WACs pertaining to staffing and educational requirements. Given the accelerated timeline for a full regulatory overhaul, there is not capacity to have two different set of regulations being developed and finalized at the same time. However, given the department’s goal to have the full set of WACs completed by August, this should help programs with fall 2020 hiring and beyond.

Below is a response to the letter SOWA and our partners sent earlier this fall from DCYF Secretary Hunter. We will continue to participate and monitor this process. 

Click here to read the letter.

Update 8: SOWA and Partners ask DCYF to Move Quickly on Staffing Regulations

SACC providers across the state have been having challenges hiring due to the many restrictions in regulations. Twenty-six organizations representing over 520 licensed sites sent a letter to DCYF asking that the recommended changes to regulations regarding staffing be put into place using an emergency or expedited timeline. Click here to read the letter.

Update 7: Final Report to DCYF Submitted! Stay tuned for future updates on the rule-making process

We’re excited to announce that after months of gathering feedback from school-age only child care (SACC) providers and other stakeholders around the state, the final report on recommendations to update the SACC regulations (WAC 110-305) have been submitted to the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) on September 30, 2019. A huge thank you to everyone who was involved in the process and provided input. If you would like to view the final report, click here.

Make sure to sign-up here for alerts on upcoming rule-make processes and other important updates regarding this process in the coming year in regards to the WA School-Age Only Child Care Regulation updates.

P.S. Bridge 2019 is approaching fast on October 28 & 29! Licensed School-Age Care Providers can register for both days of the conference for $200 and receive up to 10 hours of STARS credit. You can also apply for up to $200 of DCYF training reimbursement to attend Bridge.

Update 6: Public Comment on School-Age Only Child Care Regulations Recommendations Report – LIVE August 19-23, 2019

The report Washington School-Age Only Child Care Regulations: Recommended Revisions and Improvements 2019 to DCYF has been completed.

You can read the full report and give feedback by clicking here to take the short survey.

The survey is now closed.

Update 5: Short-Form Survey – LIVE July 10-24

The short-form survey for community stakeholders to weigh in on the challenges and opportunities regarding School-Age Only Licensed Child Care is open until midnight, Wednesday 7/24. Please take the survey and share!

The survey is now closed.

Update 4: Online Survey – LIVE

DCYF and SOWA need your input! The online survey “WAC Improvement Recommendations for School-Age Only Child Care 2019” is now live. This is a rare opportunity to give recommendations on the entirety of the WAC. Take the survey as an individual or site and please share with other school-age providers. You can leave and come back to the survey multiple times. The survey will be open from May 20, 2019 to June 10, 2019.

Please Note: We suggest you complete the survey all at once, but we do recognize the length of the survey makes that challenging. If you have to exit the survey before fully completing it, your answers will still be saved. However, once you exit the survey, you will not be able to view past answers. We suggest making a note of what sections have been completed and finishing the rest when you have additional time.

The survey is now closed.

Note: There will be a different survey for parents, schools and other stakeholders released in June 2019.

Update 3: Child Care Staff Feedback Suggestions

Ask Your Staff! We have a rare opportunity to revise all of the WACs. Your staff on all levels have first-hand knowledge of the WACs, running programs, and potential solutions to regulatory barriers. This document outlines options for engaging child care staff in this discussion.

Update 2: Presentation – School-Age Child Care WAC Recommendations Process

In order to help describe the upcoming process and rationale, SOWA and DCYF have developed this short presentation. Learn more about the regulations, school-age child care, and the process that is about to go underway in April.

View presentation

Update 1: School-Age Child Care WAC Recommendations Guiding Council

In order to help facilitate this process, a voluntary Guiding Council comprised of eleven School Age Child Care providers has been created to help facilitate the process for creating the recommendations and synthesizing feedback. Specifically, the council will provide input and guidance for:

  • The community engagement process;
  • Research and best practices;
  • Creating data collection systems and analyzing stakeholder input; and
  • Communications pre-, during, and post-data collection to the School-Age Child Care field and other stakeholders.

Public Forum Calendar

KING COUNTY – Completed
Friday, April 26, from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Rainier Community Center
4600 38th Avenue S, Seattle, WA, 98118
Register for this event here

SOUTH SOUND/PENINSULA WASHINGTON – Completed
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Asia Pacific Cultural Center 
4851 S Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA 98409
Register for this event here
NOTE: There is a parking lot, as well as street parking nearby. 

SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON – Completed
Monday, May 13, 2019 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Vancouver Community Library 
901 C Street, Vancouver, WA 98660
Register for this event here
NOTE: Parking in downtown Vancouver can be difficult. Parking garages are recommended, there is one two blocks south of the library at 255 E 8th St, Vancouver, WA 98660. There is time-limited parking and parking for people with disabilities at the library.

CENTRAL & SOUTHEAST WASHINGTON – Completed
Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Kennewick Boys & Girls Club – Eerkes Family Branch
910 W 7th Place, Kennewick, WA 99336″
Register for this event here

NORTHWEST WASHINGTON – Completed
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Everett Public Schools – Community Resource Center, Port Gardner Rooms
3900 Broadway, Everett, WA 98201
Register for this event here

EASTERN WASHINGTON – Completed
Friday, May 31, 2019 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM 
Northeast Washington Educational Service District 101 
4202 S Regal Street, Spokane, WA 9923
Register for this event here

Contacts

David Beard
School’s Out Washington Policy and Advocacy Director
dbeard@schoolsoutwashington.org