Child Care Standards & Alignment

With inputs from people throughout the state, the Department of Early Learning (DEL) has been working for the past 18 months to revise the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) for licensed child care (center-based and family home).

Starting in May 2017, the state will enter negotiations with child care providers and parents to finalize the rules to be submitted.

Thrive Washington is in charge of gathering representatives from child care centers to participate in the negotiations.

If you are not affiliated with a child care center but are a parent, family home provider or ECEAP provider, please contact Caitlin Odell,, and she can forward your information to the organizations that are supporting those groups to participate in this process.

>> If you are affiliated with a child care center and you are interested in participating, please fill out this form, and we will contact you.

More about revising the standards

The Department of Early Learning has been working since 2015 to revise and align child care licensing standards, as well as the guidelines of Early Achievers and the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP). Previously, there have been community input and feedback processes that have informed proposed revisions of the WAC. This process, along with public comments and community meetings on Early Achievers and ECEAP progressions, will close out the revision and feedback cycles, and then the rules will be filed.

>> Visit the Standards Alignment web page on the Department of Early Learning site

More about what participation will look like

Thrive seeks at least 20 volunteers to participate in phone calls, webinars and in-person meetings over the next several months. There are different roles for participants, and you can choose how much time you’d like to spend — if it’s more time, you might want to take a leadership role, and if it’s less time, you might want to take an advisory role.

The participation will be in waves throughout the summer, alternating with negotiations on the WAC and review of decisions. There will be multiple meetings in-between, to help make sure the negotiation team understands all the components of the WAC and agree on what changes they would like to suggest. There will also be special sub-teams that focus on particular tasks.

Thrive Washington will be providing support along the way to schedule meetings, offer travel reimbursement, and provide necessary documents for review.The first step is to fill out this form, and we will send you more detailed information about how to participate. You are not committing to anything by filling out the form.