Welcome to the New Direction ….

Hi it’s nice to meet you. My name is Jacalyn S Burke and I spent 10 years working as a Manhattan nanny to wonderful families. I wrote under the alias Nanny X because I wanted the freedom to explore childcare issues without drawing attention to myself as an individual and to protect the families I worked with. I have never written about ‘my families’ it was my code. But I was able to observe trends and behavior amongst all kinds of people: nannies, employers, agencies, the domestic workers movement and society at large. 
So why am I coming out now? Well for one, I have a book coming out in June 2015, via Praeger (ABC-CLIO) that kind of drills down as a prescriptive read for anyone connected to the Childcare industry. It’s appropriate now for me to drop my mask and stand behind a decade writing about unlicensed childcare.
What will change
The posts on this site will now be original provided by experts of providers. I want to keep up the Problem Page, I think it’s a good resource for nannies and employers alike. As always those emails/issues are 100% confidential. So please do write in and share your issues. I also am developing a more comprehensive website that will allow me to stream many more services: free downloads or guides, promotions for authors and service providers in childcare, forums for nannies and employers to chat, and share their info. 
Writers, Contributors, Sponsors
I would love to have Childcare experts, agency owners and professional nannies have their say! My platform is a great way to get your message across. Please contact me about your ideas or business. 

The journey

So back in 2009 this was my first post as a writer/nanny exploring the world of childcare …

“Nanny Time Bomb signing in.

Inspired by Julie & Julia I begin a blog unsure as to where this will lead. In conjunction withTwitter and Facebook, I attempt to make a voice heard in a wilderness of endless debate. 

My experiences as a Nanny are based exclusively in Manhattan, New York City and in real time. The opening chapter of my book “The Nanny Time Bomb” can be found (reading from first tweet to latest tweet) on my twitter profile:THENANNYTIMEBOMB. The point of the book is this:

Today in 2009 children are suffering.

If they’re suffering in Manhattan you can be sure they are suffering through-out the world where parents have to outsource the care of their children.

To be clear in my intentions my work is not an attack on working parents or childcare workers. It’s a criticism of a system – the system of economics and of a culture – that fails our children in their first years of life. Therefore modern childcare must be reformed. I endeavor to be a part of the movement for childcare reform.”

Yes I was pretty passionate back then. I still am. But 10 years on I’m also a bit wiser. There are no bad guys here just an industry that could use some reform. From here on in I want to connect with you – on your side of the fence where-ever that is. I want to share what I have learned and the wisdom of others. Ours is a community of hard-working people who care about children. I hope you stick around for the next phase of my journey from a working nanny to a full-time writer and the CEO of a New Parent info hub called www.babydoesnyc.com.