The National Child Passenger Safety Board

The mission of the National Child Passenger Safety Board is to oversee and maintain the technical quality, standardization and relevance of the curriculum which is part of the National Child Passenger Safety Certification Training Program throughout the United States. The program was created to train people to become certified child passenger safety (CPS) technicians and instructors in order to provide assistance to families and caregivers for the safe transportation of children.

The Board works with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), who has the responsibility to assure the technical accuracy of the curriculum, and with Safe Kids CPS Certification, who has responsibility, authority and liability for the certification and re-certification processes. The Board provides input and perspectives from their representative organizations and field, and to their representative constituencies, on ways to ensure the ongoing significance of the National Child Passenger Safety Certification Training Program in keeping children safe.

History of the Board

In the mid-1990s, a small team of child passenger safety professionals was tasked by NHTSA to look at the national state of child passenger safety. The group, the Patterns for Life Team, recommended a standardized national curriculum and a national certification process for technicians. A standardized curriculum was created and AAA became the initial national certifying body.

This still left a need for input from those out in the field, and a group of CPS stakeholders including representatives from national and local organizations, vehicle and car seat manufacturers and injury prevention professionals. The group was formalized and the National Child Passenger Safety Board was created. The Board currently oversees the certification curriculum and makes recommendations to both NHTSA and the certifying body, now Safe Kids Worldwide.

2017 Board Applications

Thank you for your interest in applying for membership to the National Child Passenger Safety Board. The 2017 application period is now closed.

If you are interested in applying for NCPSB membership, please return to this page in April 2018 for the next application cycle.

If you applied for membership during the 2017 application period, applications are being reviewed and candidates will be notified of selection by Oct. 31, 2017.

Again, thank you for your interest in becoming a member of the NCPSB!

Board Meeting Minutes

July 2017

May 2017

March 2017

January 2017

November 2016

September 2016


The CPS Board welcomes 5 new members for 2017

2017 Board Members

    • Chairperson
      Sarah Tilton

    • Vice-Chairperson
      Dina Burstein, MD

    • Immediate Past Chairperson
      Audrey Eagle

    • NHTSA Headquarters
      Carole S. Guzzetta

    • Certifying Body
      Kerry Chausmer

    • Board Secretariat
      Amy Artuso

    • NHTSA Regions
      Meg Miller

    • National Safety Council
      Lorrie Lynn

    • AAA
      Diana Imondi Dias

    • American Academy of Pediatrics
      Marilyn J. Bull, MD

    • At-Large
      Sarah Tilton

    • At-Large
      Charles Vits

    • Child Restraint Manufacturer
      Terry Emerson

    • Child Passenger Safety Advocate
      Amber Kroeker

    • Child Passenger Safety Advocate
      Tammy Franks

    • Diversity
      Suzanne LeDoyen

    • Diversity
      Krystal Heinzen, J.D.

    • Governors Highway Safety Association
      Bob Stevens

    • Injury Prevention/Healthcare
      Dina Burstein, MD

    • Injury Prevention/Public Health
      Emily Lee

    • Injury Prevention
      Lindsay Pollok

    • Public Safety/Fire/EMS

    • Public Safety Law Enforcement
      Sergeant Laurie Ludovici

    • Safe Kids Worldwide
      Alexis Kagiliery

    • Vehicle Manufacturers Representative
      Audrey Eagle

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