Kathy Bentley is a nationally recognized Parent Educator and the owner of Kathy’s Parenting Solutions. She has her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her Masters in Counseling Services. She is an annual presenter at the Hawaii Association for the Education of Young Children and the Hawaii Baptist Early Education Association Conferences.
She has also presented at: the Native Hawaiian Education Association Conference, Hawaii State Child Abuse Conferences, the Hawaii Foster Parent Association State Conference, HAEYC’s Leadership Symposiums, the Hawaii Statewide Family Summit, Honolulu District PCNC staff development, Pearl Harbor’s Parent Academy and Schofield Barrack’s Couples University.
Kathy has experience working with incarcerated parents, foster parents, teen parents, grandparents raising grandchildren, and families involved with Child Protective Services. She presents workshops to preschools, elementary, middle and high schools, and other parent groups. She has appeared as a parenting expert on numerous television and radio shows, and has been quoted in newspaper articles and blogs. She occasionally writes articles for Hawaii Parent Magazine. She is the mother of two daughters, one biological and one step.
In 2004 Parenting Press selected Kathy as one of the 12 Outstanding Parent Educators in North America.
Kathy has been a Gurian Institute Certified Trainer since 2007. She is a CSEFEL trainer, a Reliable CLASS observer for Toddler, Pre-K and K-3, is a facilitator for Parent Project, and has completed numerous additional trainings and workshops.
Kathy is a member of the Kaneohe Community Family Center Advisory Board, the Waianae Neighborhood Place Advisory Board and the Hawaii Coalition for Dads Steering Committee.
Kathy consults for Keiki O Ka ‘Aina Family Learning Centers, the Ka Pa’alana and Na Pono No Na Ohana projects of Partners in Development and Windward P-3.