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Definitions.

The following definitions apply to this chapter:
"Agency" has the same meaning as "agency" in RCW 43.215.010(2).
"Appellant" means only those with the right of appeal under this chapter.
"Authorized" or "authorization" means approval by DEL to care for or have unsupervised access to children receiving early learning services or to work in or reside on the premises of a child care agency or certified facility.
"Certification" or "certified by DEL" means an agency that is legally exempt from licensing that has been certified by DEL as meeting minimum licensing requirements.
"Conviction information" means criminal history record information relating to an incident which has led to a conviction or other disposition adverse to the subject individual.
"DEL" or "department" means the department of early learning.
"Director's list" means a list of crimes, the commission of which disqualifies a subject individual from being authorized by DEL to care for or have unsupervised access to children receiving early learning services, WAC 170-06-0120.
"Disqualified" means DEL has determined that a person's background information prevents that person from being licensed or certified by DEL or from being authorized by DEL to care for or have unsupervised access to children receiving early learning services.
"Early learning service(s)" for purposes of this chapter means the early childhood education and assistance program and licensed child care.
"Negative action" means a court order, court judgment or an adverse action taken by an agency, in any state, federal, tribal or foreign jurisdiction, which results in a finding against the subject individual reasonably related to the subject individual's character, suitability and competence to care for or have unsupervised access to children receiving early learning services. This may include, but is not limited to:
(a) A decision issued by an administrative law judge.
(b) A final determination, decision or finding made by an agency following an investigation.
(c) An adverse agency action, including termination, revocation or denial of a license or certification, or if pending adverse agency action, the voluntary surrender of a license, certification or contract in lieu of the adverse action.
(d) A revocation, denial or restriction placed on any professional license.
(e) A final decision of a disciplinary board.
"Nonconviction information" means arrest, pending charges, founded allegations of child abuse, or neglect pursuant to chapter 26.44 RCW, or other negative action adverse to the subject individual.
"Nonexpiring license" or "nonexpiring full license" means a full license that is issued to a licensee following the initial licensing period, as provided in WAC 170-151-087, 170-295-0095, or 170-296A-1450, as appropriate.
"Subject individual":
(a) Means an individual who:
(i) Is seeking a background check authorization or upon whom the department may conduct a background check authorization;
(ii) Is sixteen years of age or older;
(iii) Is employed by, contracted with, or volunteering to provide early learning services; and
(iv) Will care for or have unsupervised access to children receiving early learning services; and
(b) Includes, but is not limited to, the following:
(i) Personnel, including employees and staff;
(ii) Contractors, including contracted providers;
(iii) Temporary workers;
(iv) Assistants;
(v) Volunteers;
(vi) Interns;
(vii) Each person who is sixteen years of age or older residing on, or moving into, the premises where early learning services are provided;
(viii) All other individuals who are sixteen years of age or older who will care for or have unsupervised access to children receiving early learning services;
(ix) All owners, operators, lessees, or directors of the agency or facility, or their designees;
(x) Applicants. As used in this definition, "applicant" means an individual who is seeking a DEL background check authorization as part of:
(A) An application for a child care agency license or DEL certification or who seeks DEL authorization to care for or have unsupervised access to children receiving early learning services; or
(B) A continuation of a nonexpiring license or renewal of a certificate, or renewal of DEL's authorization to care for or have unsupervised access to children receiving early learning services, with respect to an individual who is a currently licensed or certified child care provider; and
(xi) Licensees. As used in this definition, "licensee" means the individual, person, organization, or legal entity named on the child care license issued by DEL and responsible for operating the child care facility or agency.
"Unsupervised access" means:
(a) A subject individual will or may have the opportunity to be alone with a child receiving early learning services at any time and for any length of time; and
(b) Access that is not within constant visual or auditory range of the licensee, an employee authorized by DEL, nor a relative or guardian of the child receiving early learning services.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.215.070 and chapter 43.215 RCW. WSR 15-24-040, § 170-06-0020, filed 11/20/15, effective 1/1/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.215.200, 43.215.205, 43.215.215 through 43.215.218, 43.43.830, 43.43.832, chapter 43.215 and 43.43 RCW, and 2011 c 295. WSR 12-12-040, § 170-06-0020, filed 5/30/12, effective 7/1/12. Statutory Authority: Chapter 43.215 RCW, RCW 43.43.832, 2006 c 265 and 2007 c 387. WSR 08-10-041, § 170-06-0020, filed 4/30/08, effective 5/31/08.]
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