Is the au pair program right for your family?

When considering childcare options, some families might be intimidated by the idea of hosting an au pair and may wonder what is required of a prospective host family.  Perhaps the most important qualification is the willingness to embrace the cultural exchange spirit of the program.  A host family should be prepared to warmly welcome an au pair to their home and family, as they would an extended family member, and include him or her in family meals, outings and activities when possible.  The au pair program is designed to create an environment in which au pairs and host families openly share their cultures, traditions, and views.

Ready to embrace the cultural exchange program and welcome an au pair to your family?  Here are the official Department of State requirements for host families:

  • Provide an appropriate suitable private room
  • Keep the au pair’s childcare hours to less than 45 hours a week / 10 hours per day
  • Pay a weekly minimum stipend (currently $195.75 per week)
  • Contribute up to $500 toward the cost of the au pair’s required academic course work
  • Give the au pair 1.5 days off each week, 1 full weekend off each month, and 2 weeks paid vacation per year

Let me know if you think the au pair program might be right for you!

Thursday, 14 December 2017 8:13 PM

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