Frequently Asked Questions for School-Age Rules

Intent and Authority

WAC 110-301-0005

Termination of services is related to a parent or guardian’s inability to meet the expectations and requirements of the school-age program, where expulsion relates to ending a child’s enrollment when the provider is unable to meet a child’s needs due to the child’s challenging behavior. More information can be found in WAC 110-301-0340 and WAC 110-301-0485.

WAC 110-301-0005

No, applicant in this definition is more general than just the person applying for a child care license – and intentionally includes those who may want to be a staff member. It is not intended to define who will hold the license but rather, who is indicating they want to be part of the facility in some formal manner which would include all staff and volunteers.

WAC 110-301-0005

School-age WAC uses the definition of a school-age child. An important distinction is that the age range is through 12, not to 12. The reason DCYF now inputs the age range reflecting the maximum age up to 13 years and 0 months, is so that it is cleaner in our data system (rather than 12 years 12 months).

WAC 110-301-0005

This aligns with WAC 110-300. Words that are used in the common manner are not generally added to our definition section.

WAC 110-300-0015(2)

Under this subsection, a written plan is required when a director, assistant director and program supervisor will be simultaneously absent for more than 10 consecutive days. Therefore, a verbal notification would not meet the requirement.

Providers can develop a written communication that works best for their business and use their own discretion as to the method they use to supply each family with written notification. It is important that providers ensure that every family receives advance written notification, even if their child(ren) are not in care.

WAC 110-301-0016

If DCYF received information that a licensed program was offering care during the summer, and they did not notify the department that they were closed, DCYF would respond and possibly do a MV. Also, DCYF would address any incoming complaints as usual.

If a program notifies DCYF that they operate during the school year and then do a summer camp, that would be part of their regular schedule. New seasonal camp rule is limited to 3 months. For example, in the summer, because they can’t be in the normal licensed space they do an outdoor camp. A program can do that up to 3 months and it is not necessarily licensed care. They cannot access subsidies when inactive.

WAC 110-301-0016

Yes, if they operate a seasonal camp DCYF would absolutely need to close the SSPS number. This would prevent any incorrect payments being made that would result in overpayments to the provider.

WAC 110-301-0030

WAC 0030 addresses nondiscrimination stating that providers must not discriminate with employment practices or client services. This includes children and adults.