Child Care Licensing Policies and Procedures
The Department of Early Learning (DEL) is responsible for licensing and monitoring child care facilities around the state to ensure they meet health and safety requirements. We believe our role is to support licensed family home and center child care providers in offering care that is safe, healthy and nurturing for children and families in Washington.
Our licensing work is guided by this belief, as well as by state laws, state rules, which are also called WACs, and our own internal DEL policies and procedures. The policies and procedures are posted here. They are developed and reviewed internally, and our DEL licensing team is trained on them to help ensure consistency in our licensing work around the state.