Dent legislation to provide regulatory relief to early learning providers passes House unanimously

A bill that would provide some regulatory relief for early learning providers passed the House unanimously on Thursday.

House Bill 2556, introduced by Rep. Tom Dent, would create a community-based training pathway for licensed child care providers to meet professional education requirements associated with child care licensure.

“I am pleased to get this out of the House with such strong support. We have been working very hard to address the concerns of our child care and early learning providers,” said Dent, R-Moses Lake. “I have had many conversations with providers over the last year. Many were concerned they would have to shut their doors because of the new rules and regulations. They are losing good staff and running a child care business has become very costly.”

The bill would also require the Department of Children, Youth, and Families and the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges to develop a plan to allow community-based training to qualify for college credit.

“We need to get this to the governor's desk. The providers don't do this job to get rich. They do it because they have a passion and love for kids.

“We need to put common sense rules in place and not over-regulate. It isn't just the providers. I have heard from a lot of parents who are struggling to find affordable child care options,” added Dent.

The bill now heads to the Senate. The Legislature is scheduled to adjourn on March 12.


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