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Who needs to become licensed?

(1) Individuals, entities and agencies that provide care for children must be licensed unless specifically exempt under RCW 43.215.010(2).
(2) The person or organization claiming an exemption must provide us with proof of right to the exemption if we request it.
(3) We do not license a center that is legally exempt from licensing per RCW 43.215.010(2). However, if the applicant requests it, we follow all licensing regulations to investigate and may certify the center as meeting licensing and other pertinent requirements. In such a case, all our licensing requirements and procedures apply equally to certification.
(4) We may certify a child care center for payment without further investigation if the center is:
(a) Licensed by an Indian tribe;
(b) Certified by the Federal Department of Defense; or
(c) Approved by the superintendent of public instruction's office.
(5) The center listed in subsection (4)(a), (b), or (c) of this section must be licensed, certified, or approved in accordance with national or state standards, or standards approved by us. It must be operated on the premises where the entity operating the center has jurisdiction.
(6) We must not license 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) Licensing or certification process;
(b) Placement of a child in a licensed or certified center; or
(c) Authorization of payment for the child in care.
(7) We may license a center located in a private family residence when the portion of the residence accessible to the child is:
(a) Used exclusively for the child during the center's operating hours or while the child is in care; or
(b) Separate from the family living quarters.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 43.215 RCW and 2006 c 265. WSR 08-08-012, § 170-295-0020, filed 3/19/08, effective 4/19/08. WSR 06-15-075, recodified as § 170-295-0020, filed 7/13/06, effective 7/13/06. Statutory Authority: Chapters 74.12 and 74.15 RCW. WSR 04-09-093, § 388-295-0020, filed 4/20/04, effective 5/21/04; WSR 03-14-110, § 388-295-0020, filed 6/30/03, effective 8/1/03.]
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