Updated January 27, 2017
Each employee and volunteer in a child care program is responsible for completing a number of forms for complying with certain licensing rules and policies in order to maintain their employment with the program.
In addition, if a center employs more than five people, certain written policies must be in place and discussed with each employee that is hired. Each employee will have a personnel file with required items that will be monitored by the licensor.
During a monitoring visit, the licensor will review if the program is in compliance with the licensing rules, also known as WACs or Washington Administrative Codes. The WACs can be found in a document called the Child Care Center Licensing Guidebook as well as online. The Child Care Licensing Guidebook is used as primary text this course and assist everyone who works in early learning programs to implement the requirements of licensing. The Center Guidebook is a useful resource, helpful in answering questions and guiding day-to-day practice. Sometimes addendums and additions are made to the WACs. Updates will be posted on the Department of Early Learning’s website.
However, school-age programs do have their own set of WACs which are referred to as "Licensed School Age Child Care Standards".
As you begin your work with children, it will be necessary for you to be aware of the Washington State licensing rules, and to be able to find the information quickly and accurately if needed. You have probably noticed as you look through the Center Guidebook in this course that the WACs are divided into sections including:
Within each section are listings of the WACs written in numerical order.
If a center fails to comply with the WAC, civil fines can be imposed or in some cases licenses can be denied, suspended, or revoked.