"Being a member and becoming chair of the Accreditation Council has been a rewarding experience both professionally and personally. This experience offered me the opportunity to grow, contribute, and make lifelong friendships and mentorships. I have enjoyed serving NAFCC in such a meaningful and integral way." 
-Dr. Ellaine Miller





 Council Members


  Victoria Long-Coleman, GA
Council Chair; Ph.D. Candidate in Early Childhood Education; M.B.A. Project Management; B.S. in Child & Family Development; Previously NAFCC Accredited

Ana Cuenca, UT
NAFCC Accredited Provider

  Barbara-Ann Mattle, NY
CEO of Child Care Council, Inc.; BS degree Business Administration and Finance; AAS degree is in Education; Masters classes in Child Care Center Design from Harvard and Tufts
  Dianna Aguirre, MD
Council Member 
  Jennifer Young, CO
Manager of Copper Mountain Child Care & Copper Kids Day Camp; BLS in Early Childhood Education, Certificates in Human Development & Family Studies, Certificate Leadership Studies; AAS with concentrations in Child Development and Business.  Masters coursework in Developmental Disorders and Development across the Lifespan from Iowa State University
Jody Johnson, CA
M.Ed in Early Childhood Education; M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Trauma & Resilience in Education (June 2019);B.S. Child & Adolescent Studies; Previously NAFCC Accredited Provider; NAFCC Accreditation Observer; Program Director, CA Early Childhood Teaching Credential; CLASS Certified (PreK)
  Sue Jackson, IL
Council Member
  Tammy Dwyer, ME
Council Member

About "The Council"


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 truly 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.

The role of the NAFCC Accreditation Council is to ensure quality, integrity, and accountability for the NAFCC Accreditation system. Two distinct responsibilities are 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

Council Member Attributes

  • Council members are key leaders in our field. They have documented expertise in child development through education and experience, and understand child care policy.
  • Council members fully support the mission and goals of NAFCC and show that support through continued membership and service.
  • Council members understand and know the NAFCC Accreditation process and have experience with accreditation.
  • Council members that are family child care providers are also accredited through NAFCC.
  • Council members have knowledge of and are familiar with everyday life in family child care.
  • Council members are strategic thinkers - able to foresee problems and develop solutions.
  • Council members have strong interpersonal skills and work in concert as a whole.
  • Council members represent NAFCC professionally and are viewed as the experts of NAFCC Accreditation and quality improvement. 
  • Council members understand policy governance.
  • Council members commit significant time – approximately 15-20 hours per quarter.
  • Council members bring 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; health and safety.

Council Composition

The Council consists of 9 members who are a diverse group in as many aspects as possible, ie 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 1. 

Sound like a perfect fit for your knowledge and skills? Join us in 2020? We'd love to have you. Apply by January 31, 2020 HERE.

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