The District of Columbia Association for the Education of Young Children (DCAEYC) is the D.C. Affiliate Chapter of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).


NAEYC is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research.


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Washington, DC 20032

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Dr. Robert Gundling has over forty years of experience as an Early Childhood Educator. His career started as a kindergarten teacher in a public school system and includes leadership positions in Early Childhood Education at the local, state and national level.  He has experience as an Adjunct Faculty member teaching courses in Human Development, Early Childhood Education and Curriculum and Instruction courses. His professional identity is as a practitioner passionate about doing everything possible to ensure all children have the opportunity to participate in a high quality early care and education program that provides them with the foundation they need to thrive in life. He is currently serving as a Senior Consultant with Better Futures, LLC Consulting Services. The services offered to clients include individualized services to solve problems and meet the needs of Early Care and Education Providers who are committed to making a significant, positive difference in the lives of those they serve. He is also the current President of the DC Association for the Education of Young Children (DCAEYC). For more information about his work, go to www.betterfuturesdc.com

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Past President

Frances J. Rollins is a native Washingtonian who has devoted her career to providing high-quality programs and services to young children, their families, youth and adults living in the most under-resourced neighborhoods in the nation's capital. Ms. Rollins has served as the Director of several Early Childhood Education Centers and as a Coordinator for the Child Development Associate (CDA) course for students attending the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). For the past fifty years, Ms. Rollins has served as the founder. President and CEO of Sunshine Early Learning Center and Southeast Children's Fund. These organizations offer high-quality Early Childhood Education Centers for young children, 6 weeks – 10 years old. All of the Centers are accredited by NAEYC. Southeast Children's Fund includes a Professional Development Institute that is an approved Post Secondary Non-degree bearing Organization that offers a variety of professional development activities for those entering and those with experience in the field of Early Childhood Education. Southeast Children's Fund offers the Child Development 120 hour course to prepare candidates to apply for their CDA. Ms. Rollins has a Bachelor's Degree in Adult Learning and a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She is the immediate Past President of DCAEYC.



Vice President for Programs

Berna has been in education field for over 16 years. She has a B.A. in English Language Teaching and a M.A. in Early Childhood Education. She taught children between the ages of two and 16 years old. In 2006 she transitioned to her first administrative role where she started her work with children, families and educators. Berna has a strong passion to support and advocate for diversity and equity in education. She has many years of experience working with a diverse population including variety of family styles, ethnicities, socio-economic and educational backgrounds. She enjoys volunteering which includes providing trainings for teachers, families, taking part in various workgroups such as QIRS and the Week of the Young Child, serving as a board member at her son’s school and being actively involved in local early childhood organizations and presenting at local conferences and seminars. Berna lives in Maryland with her son and her husband. She currently works in Washington, DC as the Head of School at School for Friends, a Quaker preschool that focuses on the values of diversity, non-violence, peace, and cooperation.  If you would like to read a sample of her work, you can visit www.atlanticmoon.blog.



Vice President for Membership

Kathy Hollowell-Makle is a 20-year classroom early childhood educator. At the core of her beliefs is that every student can achieve at high levels through meaningful social and academic interactions with peers and teachers. Kathy’s deep knowledge of early childhood development is a model and resource to others at her school and across the school district. She was named DC Public Schools Teacher of the year in 2013, earned a Teach for America’s Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2014, a finalist for the District of Columbia Employee of the Year in 2014, and was a 2014 Presidential State of the Union guest of First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden.


Kathy earned a Bachelor at Arts in African Studies and a Masters of Teaching. Beyond her work in the classroom and at DCAEYC, Kathy enjoys spending time on the weekend with her husband and two sons.


Jolleen Tran


Jolleen Tran is a native Washingtonian and an early childhood educator. Previously, she worked in the private sector before dedicating her career to supporting and empowering youth. She currently works as a Kindergarten teacher for FCPS where she mentors students and is a part of numerous committees. Jolleen continues to volunteer, learn, and advocate for high-quality learning for all children. Jolleen earned her bachelor's degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and her master's in early childhood education from George Mason University. 



Board Member

De Lancey, also known as Bonnie, is an Accredited Family Child Care Provider that has been serving the Capitol Hill area for 23 years. Graduating from Southeastern University, Yvonne received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Early Childcare Education. She is the owner and founder of Bre Bre’s Child Development Home and former executive director of Footsteps of Children Child Development Center, where she continues to give the best possible learning experiences that will help prepare and develop young children. Yvonne Stewart – De Lancey is a big believer in service where she serves many boards and committees that address Early Childhood Education. She was the former mentor of the Washington Child Development Council, former observer of the National Association of Family Child Care, and the former correspondent secretary for New Family Child Care Providers Association. Currently she sits on the board of the DC National Association for the Education of Young Children, the DC Family Child Care Association, as well as the DC Early Learning Collaborative. Lastly, she is a member of the Washington Association of Child Care Centers. Furthermore it is Yvonne’s philosophy to ensure that her program is developmentally appropriate, as well as, spiritually and emotionally supportive for children from birth to age three.



Board Member

Jacqueline Hines received a B.S. degree in Early Childhood Education from Bowie State College.  She has extensive experience working in the Wilson County, North Carolina school system, DC Public Schools system, and numerous community-based organizations including both residential and child care programs.  She has been an Infant/Toddler Coordinator in worksite centers and a Lead Preschool Teacher with Bright Horizons. In 2000, she began her work as a Washington Teachers’ Union Building Representative as well as a Board of Trustee member of the Executive Board.  She has skills in union organizing and program development and has served as a field staff community liaison for the past 2 years.


Jacqueline is a member of the WTU ECE Task Force and serves as a Trustee with the WTU VEBA Board.  She chairs the William “Bill” Simons Scholarship Committee and is a member of the National Black Child Development Institute, Delta Kappa Gamma International Society and a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.


Jacqueline is the mother of Jon and three exceptional grandchildren, Jon the Second, Autumn, and Harmony.


Rahshita Lowe-Watson

Board Member

Rahshita Lowe-Watson is a committed, student-focused Early childhood educator for the District of Columbia Public Schools. She has been an educator and advocate for children and their families for over 16 years. Rahshita is dedicated to enthusiastic and progressive education as a means of creating and nurturing a lifelong love of knowledge in all children. She firmly believes in helping children overcome barriers that impact their learning. Rahshita served as grade-level chair in which she mentored and supported classroom teachers. She is a member of the NAEYC Black Caucus Mentoring Initiative and is currently serving as Chair for the Washington Teacher's Union Early Childhood Taskforce.


Rahshita holds a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. She has also earned a Master of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education with a specialization in bilingual/ESL from Erikson Institute in Chicago, IL. Rahshita resides in Maryland and enjoys the visual arts and writing.