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Patricia Gentz

Trainer II


(952) 985-5437

Miles willing to travel
Time of day
Schedule Availability
Both weekdays and weekends
Primary Language
Training Language(s)

Pat was a Licensed Family Childcare Provider in Dakota County for nearly 37 years. She retired in 2019 after a very rewarding career loving and caring for her 'little ones' and their families. Although Pat's heart is the happiest when she's with children, she also enjoys sharing her years of experience with other caregivers across the state. As an Early Childhood Educator since 1994, Pat has been a longtime advocate for childcare professionals and has mentored many caregivers in her community. Her greatest passion is helping early childhood professionals find more JOY in their life...personally AND professionally. Beyond Early Childhood Care and Education, Pat enjoys her grandchildren, entertaining family and friends, sunrises and sunsets, traveling...and is ALWAYS ready for a new adventure!

Age Group Expertise

Infants Toddlers Preschoolers Adults

Knowledge and Competency Framework

I: Child Development and Learning II.A: Creating Positive Learning Experiences II.B: Promoting Cognitive Development II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development II.D: Promoting Physical Development II.E: Promoting Creative Development III: Relationships with Families IV.A: Observing, Recording and Assessing Development IV.B: Assessing and Using Information to Plan IV.C: Assessing and Using Information to Enhance and Maintain Program Quality V: Historical and Contemporary Development of Early Childhood Education VI: Professionalism VII.A: Establishing Healthy Practices VII.B: Ensuring Safety VII.C: Providing Healthy Nutrition VIII: Application through Clinical Experiences

Other Competencies

Adult Education CDA - Effective Program Operation CDA - Maintaining Professionalism CDA - Observing and Recording Behavior CDA - Physical and Intellectual Development CDA - Principles of Child Growth and Development CDA - Productive Family Relationships CDA - Safe Healthy Learning Environment CDA - Social and Emotional Development Consultant - Building Relationships Consultant - Managing Challenges Consultant - Professional Responsibilities in Consultation Mentor - Effective Mentoring Practices Mentor - Managing Challenges Mentor - Mentoring Relationship


Not by Chance PITC (Program for Infant Toddler Care)

Higher Education

Bachelor's Degree
Concordia University, St. Paul
Child Development

Additional Credentials

Minnesota Infant Toddler Credential
Minnesota Department of Human Services
Minnesota Infant Toddler Credential
Child Development Certificate
Dakota County Technical College
Child Development Certificate
Child Development Diploma
Dakota County Technical College
Child Development Diploma
ECSATA Trainer Credential
Credentialed Trainer