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Past Criminal Convictions: Permanent Disqualification To Work In Child Care Facility? Washington Supreme Court Says, Maybe Not.

February 28, 2019

The Department of Early Learning (DEL), now included with the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF), is the agency responsible for determining which applicants receive clearance to work in child care facilities. In doing so, DEL conducts background checks on these applicants to decide whether the “individual is of appropriate character, suitability, and competence to provide child care and early learning services to children.” The DEL also has regulations that set out certain criminal convictions will “permanently disqualify” an…

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