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PDFWAC 110-300-0025

Certified and exempt programs.

(1) The department must not license a child care program that is legally exempt from licensing per RCW 43.216.010(2). However, if a child care program requests to become certified by the department, the department shall apply all licensing rules to the otherwise exempt program. In such a case, the department shall apply licensing rules equally to licensed and certified child care programs.
(2) The department may certify an otherwise exempt child care program for subsidy payment without further inspection if the program is:
(a) Licensed by an Indian tribe, band, nation, or other organized community of Indians, including an Alaska native village as defined in 43 U.S.C. Sec. 1602(c), recognized as eligible for services by the United States Secretary of the Interior;
(b) Certified by the federal Department of Defense; or
(c) Approved by the office of superintendent of public instruction (OSPI).
(3) A child care program exempt from licensing pursuant to RCW 43.216.010(2) must use the department's form to submit their exempt status.
(4) A child care program requesting certification must be located on the premises over which the tribe, federal Department of Defense, or OSPI has jurisdiction.
(5) A child care program regulated by a tribe, the federal Department of Defense, or OSPI may request certification:
(a) For subsidy payment only; or
(b) As meeting foundational quality standards of this chapter.
(6) The department must not certify a department employee or a member of their household when the employee is involved directly, or in an administrative or supervisory capacity, in the:
(a) Certification process;
(b) Placement of a child in a certified program; or
(c) Authorization of payment for the child in care.
[WSR 18-15-001, recodified as § 110-300-0025, filed 7/5/18, effective 7/5/18. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.215.070, 43.215.201 and chapter 42.56 RCW. WSR 18-14-079, § 170-300-0025, filed 6/30/18, effective 8/1/19.]
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