Men's Stories

From Head Start to Therapist

Chuck West
by Chuck West in Chicago, IL USA
What factors or career paths lead you to work with infants/toddlers? I was looking for a way to get involved in social service. An opening occurred for the local Head Start program as a volunteer coordinator/in-kind solicitor. I applied, was hired, and found out I loved 4-year-olds. The next year they added 3-year-olds, and I was totally hooked. After almost 2 years, I was at work one day when a psychologist who had done some staff development for us called me and asked, "How would you like to play with kids all day and get paid for it?" The rest is history.

Workplace issues for men

Australian Men
by Craig d'Arcy in Australia
The group individually introduced themselves and their reasons for attending. Once again, the issue of Child Protection for male workers was raised. The experienced workers in the group were able to provide some advice and strategies for males to use when in the workplace.

Early educator working with infants

Daniel in Argentina with children #3
by Daniel Brailovsky in Argentina
I'm an early child educator and I work daily with a one-year old group of children in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

My work as a teacher isn't, however, my unique way of interest in this topic (i.e. the male teachers) I am studying at San Andres University and I'm planning to do my thesis about male teachers in early childhood education.

How long have you been teaching?
I've been teaching since 1996.

Teaching children in a small school

Dave in laos
by David V. Zakem in Laos
The program and school are fantastic. The school is small; about 160 kids on average, preschool through grade 9. We're like a family. I set up the current preschool program replacing a very traditional academic "teacher driven" program. The program now uses much of the criteria by NAEYC combined with my own knowledge of the brain development and learning. I also work to meet the needs of the very diverse population. I am able to put into practice 99% of what I believe should be in a program. I've reached a point where I can do this without any hassle.

My Life As A Child Care Provider: A Mixed Review

by Micheal Kauper in Minneapolis, MN - USA
How It All Began: The first three times I applied for a Family Child Care License, I was told "We don't license men!" So I worked as an un-licensed assistant to a licensed provider. Then we got a male licensing worker. He said "Of course we license men!"

So as far as we know, I was the first man to become a licensed Family Day Care Provider in Minnesota. That was about 1975.