Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Gov. Inslee signs bill that allows DEL to protect children’s privacy

Yesterday, Gov. Jay Inslee signed House Bill 1203 that allows the Department of Early Learning (DEL) to protect the identity of children whose names and other identifying information appear in DEL records. The Public Records Act (PRA) (42.56 RCW) governs how public agencies, including DEL, respond to public records requests. The PRA requires that all public information be disclosed unless it is specifically listed as exempt.  After three years of requesting legislation to specifically allow DEL to exempt children’s identifying information, we
were successful this year with the help of bill sponsor Rep. Jessyn Farrell.

How will this affect people who request public records from DEL?
Starting July 28, DEL will automatically redact children’s identifying information from requested records. Previously, DEL was required to ask requestors’ permission to redact children’s identifying information. If the requestor declined, DEL attempted to notify the children’s parents or guardians and offer instructions for how to seek a court injunction to protect their children’s identities.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Thank a child care provider today!

Gov. Jay Inslee has proclaimed today Child Care Provider Appreciation Day. The day is also celebrated nationally and is a time to thank child care providers for their hard work in caring for our youngest learners.

Here are some ways you can thank the child care provider in your life:

  • Download a certificate of appreciation in English or Spanish to fill out and give to your provider. 
  • Write a thank you note or create a thank you card
  • Share an example with your provider about a time they did something that made a difference in your life or in your child's life. 
  • Offer to bring treats or a snack for the provider and children. 
  • Have your child make a drawing for your provider.
  • Give a favorite children's book to your provider and include a thank you message inside the cover. 
  • A simple verbal expression of gratitude is always appreciated any day of the year!
Do you have an example of something you did to thank a child care provider? Share your idea on DEL's Facebook page