Licensing Standards for DayCare Centers
Scope of Licensing
(1) The person or organization operating a child day care center shall be
subject to licensing by authority under chapter, 74.15 RCW, unless specifically
exempted by RCW 74.15.020(4).
(2) The person or organization operating a child day care center and qualifying
for exemption from requirements of this chapter under RCW 74.15.020(4) shall
not be subject to licensure. The person or organization claiming an exemption
shall provide the department proof of entitlement to the exemption on the department's
(3) RCW 74.15.020 (4)(c) exempts from licensing facilities where parents on
a mutually cooperative basis exchange care of one another's children. To qualify
for this cooperative exemption:
(4) The department shall not license the center legally exempt from licensing.
However, at the applicant's request, the department shall investigate and may
certify the center as meeting licensing and other pertinent requirements. In such
cases, the department's requirements and procedures for licensure shall apply
equally to certification.
- (a) At least one parent or guardian of each child attending the facility
regularly shall be involved in the direct care of children at the facility;
- (b) Parents or guardians shall be involved in the direct care of children
on a relatively equal basis; and
- (c) A person other than a parent or guardian of a child at the facility
shall not be involved in the care of children or in the operation of the facility.
(5) The department may certify a day care center for payment without further
investigation if the center is:
(6) The department shall not license the department employee or the member of
the department employee's household when such person is involved directly, or
in an administrative or supervisory capacity, in the:
- (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.
- The center must be licensed, certified, or approved in accordance with
national or state standards or standards approved by the department and be
operated on the premises over which the entity operating the center has jurisdiction.
- (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.
(8) The person or organization desiring to serve state-paid children shall:
- (a) The department may license the center located in a private family residence
when the portion of the residence accessible to the child is:
- (i) Used exclusively for the child during the center's operating hours
or while the child is in care; or
- (ii) Separate from the family living quarters.
- (b) A child care facility in a separate building on the same premises as
a private family residence is a child day care center.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 7!4.12.340. 94-13-201 (Order 3745), § 388-150-020,
filed 6/22/94, effective 7/23/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.15.020 and 74.15.030.
93-18-001 (Order 3623), § 388-150-020, filed 8/18/93, effective 9/18/93.
Statutory Authority: RCW 74.15.030. 91-15-084 and 91-21-070 (Orders 3205 and 3205A),
§ 388-150-020, filed 7/23/91 and 10/17/91, effective 8/23/91 and 11/17/91;
90-23-078 (Order 3103), § 388-150-020, filed 11/20/90, effective 12/21/90.]
- (a) Be licensed or certified;
- (b) Follow billing policies and procedures in Child Day Care Subsidies,
A Booklet for Providers, DSHS 22-877(X); and
- (c) Bill the department at the person's or organization's customary rate
or the DSHS rate, whichever is less.