Key Articles

Nurturing Men

by Maja Beckstrom - Pioneer Press
Bryan Nelson wants to see more men on the playground and in the classroom.

Two-year-old Emme Sugnet's feet came out from under her at the top of a playground slide. She slid a couple feet flat on her back wearing that puzzled look toddlers get when trying to decide if they're wounded. Then she burst into tears. "I want my mommy!" she cried.

Bryan Nelson scooped her up and held her close.

"I know you do," he murmured. "Of course you do."

Does Gender Make a Difference? First results from the German ‘tandem study’ of female and male ECE workers

Paper presented on the international conference “Men in early childhood education and care”, Berlin 2012
[MenTeach: At the international conference Men in early childhood education and care” in Berlin 2012 I had the opportunity to talk with both Dr. Holger Brandes and Markus Andrä about their research. Dr. Brandes presentation (in German with English interpreters) was both interesting and engaging. You'll want to download the entire paper and watch for future results.]

Alternative Teacher Training Programs Better at Attracting Male and Minority Trainees

by Jennifer Cohen - Ed Money Watch
Teacher training and quality has long been a topic of discussion among policymakers, especially as states have expanded access to alternative teacher training programs outside of traditional schools of education. While many remain skeptical about the effectiveness and worth of such programs, 45 states have implemented alternative routes to certification and 11 percent of teacher trainees attend such programs.

Fathers would be more involved if there were more male staff

A survey with results from nearly 500 Minnesota fathers and 250 early childhood education professionals and practitioners reveals key findings:

98% Parents welcome men into childcare

by Anna Davis, Education Correspondent - London Evening Standard
Almost all parents would be happy for their children to be looked after by male nursery workers, new research shows.

There has been a "sea change" in attitudes since a survey six years ago found that only 55 per cent of parents accepted the idea of men working with their children.