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 (NCPSB). The 2017 application period has begun.  Please click on this link to access the NCPSB Membership Application and instructions.

All applications must be submitted using the online application, and must be submitted no later than 7pm CT, June 9, 2017. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

The NCPSB is accepting applications for the following positions:

Applications will be reviewed and candidates will be notified by October 31, 2017.

Board Meeting Minutes

January 2017

November 2016

September 2016

July 2016

May 2016

March 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

    • *For Board Member Contact Information scroll over the member’s name.