Men in ECE

Working Group

Craig d’Arcy, Australia
David Wright, United Kingdom
Jerry Parr, United States
Kenny Spence, Scotland
Leonard Chumo Falex, Kenya

Nick Terrones, United States
Ronald Blatz, Canada

Don Piburn, United States
Henry Kemoli Manani, Kenya

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Promoting the importance of gender balance in the early childhood education workforce.


The following resources include current projects, conversations and articles addressing the value of gender balance in early childhood education, shared by the Working Group on Men in Early Childhood Education.

Rough-and-Tumble Play: A Way to Tackle Socially Constructed Norms

by Nick Terrones, November/December 2017

“As I have wrestled and battled toddlers, I have begun to realize that by being intentional and reflective with rough-and-tumble play, I can give young girls the experience of being empowered with a powerful voice. When they say stop and/or no to something, it needs to be heard and respected.

A Manner of Speaking- by Bonnie Neugebauer

“Expect Male Involvement” reads the button Don Piburn gave to me at NAEYC. I felt honored that he knew I would be proud to stand behind this message. In a professional world where we know the power of expectations in shaping the development of young children, we may forget the power of expectations in building and training staff.

Men in Early Care and Education: Leadership Statement

Leadership requires a strong understanding and ownership of one’s identity: grounded in courage, confidence, and unfettered willingness to engage in collaboration.

Design and Nature: Considerations from Men in Early Childhood Education

Considering a uniquely male perspective brings strengths and opportunities for growth to the Working Forum on Design and Nature. What are just a few examples of male characteristics that benefit children?