Status Summary

First reading, referred to Early Learning & K-12 Education on 1.29.19. No hearing scheduled yet. As of mid-March, the bill is dead. However, it could “come back" during the 2019 session as an amendment on another bill or other mechanisms, or next year (since bills technically stay alive for the full 2019-20 biennium). (updated 4.5.19)

Legislative Session

2019

Status

Died

Sponsor

Padden

This bill adds a section to RCW chapter 43.216 regarding the implementation of education equivalencies by DCYF for licensed child care providers.

These equivalencies must:

·         Identify professional experience and skills that may be considered equivalent to education levels required by child care licensing rules; and

·         Consider years of child care or related experience and time spent by a provider engaged in professional development activities.

Finally, this act specifies professional developmental activities as those that may include:

·         Participating in professional training opportunities;

·         Researching peer-reviewed best practices; and

Engaging in peer-to-peer mentoring.