Even wonder why so few men enter the child care profession, especially as caretakers for very young children? In Germany, the government is spending (a lot of) money to recruit men into the profession. In that country men are in high demand because many parents don’t want their children looked after exclusively by women and about one third of mothers and fathers prefer day care facilities that have male staff. In the U.S., the situation is somewhat different; male childcare workers often have to explain themselves and why they do their job.
In the following piece, a guest blogger Lata Murti, contemplates a situation in her child’s daycare center involving a male childcare worker. We invited sociologists Christine Williams, Barbara Risman, and Andrew Cognard-Black to comment and discuss some of the issues surrounding men who work in the childcare profession.