Status Summary

First reading, referred to Human Services & Early Learning on 1.22.2020. Public hearing in the House Committee on Human Services & Early Learning on 2.5.2020. Executive action taken in the House Committee on Human Services & Early Learning on 2.7.2020. Substitute bill passed unanimously out of committee and onto Appropriations. Public hearing and executive action taken in Appropriations2.10.2020; 1st substitute bill passed. Referred to Rules 2 Review on 2.11.2020. Rules Committee relieved of further consideration. Placed on second reading on 2.12.2020. Passed by the House on 2.13.2020. IN THE SENATE: First reading, referred to Early Learning & K-12 Education on 2.17.2020. Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education on 2.21.2020 at 8:00 a.m. (updated 2.21.2020) 

Legislative Session



In Progress


Rep. Callan, By request: Office of Financial Management

The transfer of the Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT) program from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF). 

Funding for ESIT shall be appropriated to the department based the formula outlined, based on the headcount of children who are eligible for and receiving ESIT services. 

Formulas within OSPI are amended not to include children birth to three.

Between September  2020 and 2021 ESIT will be exempt from the performance-based  contract requirements.


Summary of the Substitute bill:

Funding for the ESIT program must be appropriated to the DCYF based on the annual average headcount of children from birth to age 3 who are eligible for and receiving early intervention services. The headcount must be multiplied by the per pupil statewide allocation for the prototypical K-12 school, multiplied by 1.15. The special education allocation formula for school districts is accordingly adjusted to remove children from birth to age 3.

Federal funds associated with Part C of the IDEA must be subject to federal "payor of last resort" requirements established in federal regulations.

The DCYF is required to distribute funds to ESIT and, when appropriate, to county lead agencies. School districts are no longer required to provide or contract for the ESIT program.

Contracts for ESIT services are temporarily exempted from DCYF performance-based contracting requirements. The exemption begins September 1, 2020, and ends September 1, 2021.

Companion Bill