The Nanny Time Bomb

Navigating the Crisis in Child Care

by Jacalyn S. Burke
Foreword by Dr. Karen Kaufman, PhD, LCSW


Half of all U.S. infants now have a mother who works outside of the home.

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December 2015


Pages 200
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Current Events and Issues/Society

From your baby's perspective, choosing the right nanny is probably the most important decision a parent can ever make: this book is about making the best possible choice.

Coming home to an abused, badly injured, or even deceased child is a parent's most horrific, unimaginable scenario. And yet it happens: In 2012, two small children died while in the care of a nanny. The Nanny Time Bomb is the most accurate and comprehensive analysis of the current crisis in child care, offering case studies and practical advice to help parents make the most educated, well-informed decision when choosing a nanny for their child. The book takes the reader through various types of nannies—from graduates to undocumented workers—thus allowing parents to see how the industry has evolved far past schoolgirl babysitters.

Setting itself apart, Jacalyn S. Burke's exploration of the different types of nannies offers a new perspective on child care not only for parents but also for those interested in larger sociological trends. This book gives a voice to the often-unheard grievances of nannies, showing why they may snap; explaining how to prevent tragedies; and describing how parenting has evolved. The author's examination of current cultural and social trends will be useful for a wide readership beyond parents.


  • Contains explosive new information about the child care industry
  • Analyzes the roles that race, immigration, gender, class, and culture play in child care practice
  • Offers parents a definitive guide to making the best child care choices
  • Presents a realistic picture of the child care industry today based on 10 years of direct, on-the-job experience
Author Info

Jacalyn S. Burke is founder and owner of Baby Does NYC, a blog focused on events, products, and services for parents of 0–24 month-old children. She has been featured in The Daily News, NEWS12, and the Nanny News Network. Burke has worked among Manhattan's nannies since 2004. In 2012, she began consulting as a child enrichment coach. Burke is a graduate of Middlesex University, London, UK.



"Exceptionally well-written, organized, and presented. . . . [V]ery highly recommended for both community and academic library Contemporary Child Care Issues collections and supplemental studies reading lists."—Reviewer's Bookwatch


“As an insider, Jacalyn Burke dares to tell us things about nannies that we don't usually hear: she reveals the feelings of exploitation and mutual resentment that can fuel inadequate and sometimes even abusive care. This is a story we need to listen to. It's important not only for the sake of the children themselves, but also to society as a whole.” —Dr. Sue Gerhardt, Psychotherapist, Author of Why Love Matters and The Selfish Society

In the News

Investing in an Emotional Trust Fund for Your Children, The New York Times, 6/24/2016

Interivew with Jacalyn S. Burke on Little Water Radio, NYC, Little Water Radio, NYC, 4/13/2017

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