*Apply now to join the NAFCC Accreditation Council!*

"As a member of the NAFCC’s Accreditation Council, I have been privileged to collaborate with provider representatives from across the nation, making new friends, and broadening my understanding of the many ways FCC Providers serve children and families." -Jody Johnson, CA

Access the application here. Council term begins August 1, 2020.

Review all information listed below, along with the the General Responsibilities and Duties document here before submitting your application. 

About the NAFCC Accreditation Council

The role of the NAFCC Accreditation Council is to ensure quality, integrity, and accountability for the NAFCC Accreditation system. The Council performs three distinct responsibilities essential to that role:

1. Develop and approve the policies that govern the NAFCC accreditation system

2. Review and, if appropriate, revise the NAFCC Quality Standards for NAFCC Accreditation based on current best practices in the field of family child care

3. Serve as an advisory committee to the NAFCC Accreditation Operations Manager and other NAFCC entities as needed and plausible.

About Our Council Members

Council members work for the integrity and benefit of the NAFCC accreditation system. Joining the NAFCC Accreditation Council is one of the most exciting and beneficial volunteer opportunities in the field of family child care. The work of the council influences policies and procedures on a national level that shape the day to day world for family child care providers and the families they serve. Additionally, participants of the council experience a unique and meaningful opportunity for professional growth.


  • Key leaders in the family child care field who have documented expertise in child development through education and experience and who understand child care policy.
  • Fully support the mission and goals of NAFCC and show their support through continued membership and service.
  • Understand and know the NAFCC Accreditation process and have experience with accreditation.
  • NAFCC Accredited (if a current family child care provider).
  • Have knowledge of and are familiar with everyday life in family child care.
  • Strategic thinkers, able to foresee problems and develop solutions.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and work in concert as a whole.
  • Represent NAFCC professionally and are viewed as the experts of NAFCC Accreditation and quality improvement. 
  • Understand policy governance.
  • Commit significant time – approximately 20 hours per quarter.
  • Additional expertise in another relevant area, such as child care support and quality enhancement strategies, working with diverse families and communities, workforce development and higher education, infant/toddler, preschool, or school-age care and education, care and education of children with special needs, or health and safety.

Council Composition

Council The Council consists of 9 members who are diverse in as many aspects as possible, such as expertise, geographic region, gender, ethnicity, languages spoken, etc. Council members serve for a 3-year term with an option to apply for a second term. Terms begin August 1st. 

Meet our 2019-2020 Council Members

  Victoria Long-Coleman, GA
Council Chair; ECE Specialist at Quality Care for Children; Ph.D. Candidate in EC Leadership & Advocacy; M.B.A. Project Management; B.S. in Child & Family Development; Former NAFCC Accredited
  Dianna Aguirre, MD
NAFCC Accredited Provider, NAFCC Accreditation Observer
  Jennifer Young, CO
Council Chair – Elect; Manager, Copper Mountain Child Care & Copper Kids Day Camp; BLS in ECE; Former NAFCC Accredited
Jody Johnson, CA
Associate Professor, Santiago Canyon College; M.Ed in ECE; M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Trauma & Resilience in Education; Former NAFCC Accredited 
Sue Jackson, IN
Council Secretary; FCC Quality Specialist, Community Connection Point; BS in Speech Education/Communication; Former NAFCC Accredited
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  Tammy Dwyer, ME
District EC & Youth Coodinator, University of Southern Maine; MS in ECE; Former NAFCC Accredited
Michael Bachman, IN
TA Project Director, Shine Early Learning; MS in ECE; MA in Drama & Theater Studies 

Dr. Clara Herrera, GA

Director, Neighborhood Action; Ed. D in Educational Leadership; Former NAFCC Accredited


Maria Flores, TX

NAFCC Accredited Provider; MS in Cross Cultural Studies