Available 2019 Visit Dates 
APRIL 19th 
MAY 24th 
JULY 5th
If none of the dates above are convenient for your schedule, please send an email to see if your preferred date is available.


CDA Verification Visits

To schedule an appointment to perform your CDA Verification Visit, please follow these steps:


  •  Go to the Council for Professional Recognition website.  Click Here.

  •  On the website, select the PD Specialist tab, scroll down in the drop- down menu and select, Find A PD Specialist.

  •  In the Search Criteria Field Center/Program Zip Code, fill-in 20147 to find my profile. 

  •  Select the green pin on the map for Ashburn, VA.

  •  Select the Contact button for Charlene and fill-out the Contact Information form.

  •  Once your request is received, I will email you to confirm the Verification Visit date. 

  •  Once a date is confirmed, I will provide you with my PDS Number for your CDA Application.

  • Thrive! does not charge a fee for the CDA Verification Visits.  An honorarium is provided to the PD Specialist from the Council for Professional Recognition.

The CDA certification process includes the following:

  • Attend 120 hours of early childhood education training in the 8 competency standards

  • Have professional work experience in a group-setting classroom for a minimum of 480 hours within the last 3 years

  • Develop a professional portfolio

  • Complete family questionnaires

  • Complete observation by a Professional Development Specialist

  • Complete a formal exam

  • Apply for the CDA credential

CDA course competency standards include:

  • Safe – To establish and maintain a safe, healthy learning environment

  • Physical – To advance physical and intellectual competence

  • Self – To support social and emotional development and to provide positive guidance

  • Families – To establish positive and productive relationships with families

  • Program Management – To ensure a well-run purposeful program that is responsive to participant needs

  • Professionalism – To maintain a commitment to professionalism

  • Observations & Assessment– To observe and assess children’s behavior for curriculum planning and individualized teaching

  • Child Development– To understand developmentally

If you have any additional questions or comments regarding the certification process and/or course competency standards, please contact the Council for Professional Recognition at their website. Click Here

Helpful Hints
for the 
CDA Verification Visit
  • Coordinate Date and Time with the Center Director
  • Appropriate Teacher to Student Ratio
  • Have the Following Available Prior to the CDA PD Specialist's Arrival:
    • Photo Identification

    • CDA Portfolio

    • Age-Appropriate CDA Workbook (Current Version)

Thrive! ECE Professionals, LLC

43330 Junction Plaza

Suite 164 -104

Ashburn, VA  20147

Email - ThriveProfessionalsLLC@gmail.com

Phone - 703.348.7396

Hours of Operation

Mon - Fri: 10am - 5pm