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Eligible child care providers.

To receive payment under the WCCC program, a consumer's child care provider must be:
(1) An in-home/relative provider. Providers other than those specified in subsection (2) of this section must meet the requirements in WAC 170-290-0130; or
(2) A licensed, certified, or DEL-contracted provider.
(a) Licensed providers must:
(i) Be currently licensed as required by chapter 43.215 RCW and as described by chapters 170-295, 170-296A, or 170-297 WAC; or
(ii) Meet the provider's state's licensing regulations, for providers who care for children in states bordering Washington. DSHS pays the lesser of the following to qualified child care facilities in bordering states:
(A) The provider's private pay rate for that child; or
(B) The DSHS maximum child care subsidy daily rate for the DSHS region where the child resides.
(b) Certified providers are exempt from licensing but certified by DEL, such as:
(i) Tribal child care facilities that meet the requirements of tribal law;
(ii) Child care facilities on a military installation; and
(iii) Child care facilities operated on public school property by a school district.
(c) New child care providers, as defined in WAC 170-290-0003, who are subject to licensure or are certified to receive state subsidy as required by chapter 43.215 RCW and as described by chapter 170-295, 170-296A, or 170-297 WAC, who received a subsidy payment for nonschool age child care on or after July 1, 2016, and received no such payments during the period July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016, must:
(i) Enroll in the early achievers program within thirty days of receiving the initial state subsidy payment. A provider who fails to meet this requirement will lose eligibility to receive state subsidy payments for nonschool age child care.
(A) Out-of-state providers that provide care for children receiving Washington state child care subsidies are neither required nor eligible to participate in early achievers; and
(B) Out-of-state providers are not eligible to receive quality improvement awards, tiered reimbursement, or other awards and incentives associated with participation in early achievers.
(ii) Adhere to the provisions for participation as outlined in the most recent version of the Early Achievers Operating Guidelines. Failure to adhere to these guidelines may result in a provider's loss of eligibility to receive state subsidy payments nonschool age child care;
(iii) Complete level 2 activities in the early achievers program within twelve months of enrollment. A provider who fails to meet this requirement will lose eligibility to receive state subsidy payments for nonschool age child care;
(iv) Rate at a level 3 or higher in the early achievers program within thirty months of enrollment. If an eligible provider fails to rate at a level 3 or higher within thirty months of enrollment in the early achievers program, the provider must complete remedial activities with the department and rate at a level 3 or higher within six months of beginning remedial activities. A provider who fails to receive a rating within thirty months of enrollment or fails to rate at a level 3 or higher within six months of beginning remedial activities will lose eligibility to receive state subsidy payments for nonschool age child care; and
(v) Maintain an up to date rating by renewing their facility rating every three years and maintaining a rating level 3 or higher. If a provider fails to renew their facility rating or maintain a rating level 3 or higher, they will lose eligibility to receive state subsidy payments nonschool age child care.
(d) Existing child care providers who are subject to licensure or are certified to receive state subsidy as required by chapter 43.215 RCW and as described by chapter 170-295, 170-296A, or 170-297 WAC, who have received a subsidy payment for a nonschool age child in the period July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016, must:
(i) Enroll in the early achievers program by August 1, 2016. A provider who fails to meet this requirement will lose eligibility to receive state subsidy payments for nonschool age child care;
(A) Out-of-state providers that provide care for children receiving Washington state child care subsidies are neither required nor eligible to participate in early achievers; and
(B) Out-of-state providers are not eligible to receive quality improvement awards, tiered reimbursement, or other awards and incentives associated with participation in early achievers.
(ii) Complete level 2 activities in the early achievers program by August 1, 2017. A provider who fails to meet this requirement will lose eligibility to receive state subsidy payments for nonschool age child care;
(iii) Rate at a level 3 or higher in the early achievers program by December 31, 2019;
(iv) If an existing provider fails to rate at a level 3 or higher by December 31, 2019, in the early achievers program, the provider must complete remedial activities with the department and rate at a level 3 or higher by June 30, 2020. A provider who fails to receive a rating by December 31, 2019, or fails to rate at a level 3 or higher by June 30, 2020, after completing remedial activities will lose eligibility to receive state subsidy payments for nonschool age child care; and
(v) Maintain an up-to-date rating by renewing their facility rating every three years and maintaining a rating level 3 or higher. If a provider fails to renew their facility rating or maintain a rating level 3 or higher, they will lose eligibility to receive state subsidy payments nonschool age child care.
(e) If a child care provider serving nonschool age children, as defined in WAC 170-290-0003, and receiving state subsidy payments for nonschool age child care has successfully completed all level 2 activities and is waiting to be rated, the provider may continue to receive a state subsidy pending the successful completion of the level 3 rating activity.
(f) DEL-contracted seasonal day camps have a contract with DEL to provide subsidized child care.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.215.070, chapter 43.215 RCW. WSR 16-19-107, § 170-290-0125, filed 9/21/16, effective 10/22/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.215.060, 43.215.070, and chapter 43.215 RCW. WSR 16-09-059, § 170-290-0125, filed 4/15/16, effective 5/16/16. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.215.060, 43.215.070, 43.43.832(6), 2006 c 265, and chapter 43.215 RCW. WSR 09-22-043, § 170-290-0125, filed 10/28/09, effective 12/1/09. WSR 08-08-047, recodified as § 170-290-0125, filed 3/27/08, effective 3/27/08. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.12.340, 74.13.085, and 2003 1st sp.s. c 25. WSR 04-08-021 and 04-08-134, § 388-290-0125, filed 3/29/04 and 4/7/04, effective 5/28/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050, 74.13.085. WSR 02-12-069, § 388-290-0125, filed 5/31/02, effective 7/1/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.050 and C.F.R. Parts 98 and 99 (Child Care Development Fund Rules). WSR 02-01-135, § 388-290-0125, filed 12/19/01, effective 1/19/02.]
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