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AuPairCare Stories

Welcome to AuPairCare Stories, the official blog of AuPairCare. Made for parents and au pairs, AuPairCare Stories offers plenty of advice for every phase of the au pair program. You’ll also find out about the many countries our au pairs hail from and the amazing things they do once they are in the country. Looking for some fun activities for your family? You'll find that here as well!

Autum and Fall Activities for Families

Fun Fall Activities for Families

Temperatures are changing and the days are getting shorter but there are still tons of fun outdoor activities for families and au pairs that foster cultural change. Check out five uniquely American ways to celebrate the Fall season.

Tuesday, September 23rd
AuPairCare Alumni Network Profiles

Au Pair Alumni Network

We are excited to announce the launch of our Au Pair Alumni Network! This is a place for former program participants to share how the au pair program changed their lives and provide them a way to remain connected with AuPairCare.

Sunday, September 14th
Cost of Raising a Child Infographic

USDA's Cost of Raising A Child Infographic

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its annual Expenditures on Children by Families, 2013 report which shows that the average cost of raising one child born in 2013 through the age of 17 will cost parents about $250K ($304.4K adjusted for inflation). That is higher than the average median home cost in the United States! 

Monday, September 8th
Japan Map

Au Pair Country & Culture Highlight: Japan

AuPairCare has one of the longest traditions of bringing au pairs from Japan to the U.S., in part because our co-founder, Takeshi Yokota, hails from Japan. Comprised of an archipelago in East Asia, Japan has a family-oriented culture rich with longstanding traditions in theater, literature, and design. Let’s explore Japanese skills and attributes that may be important to you as a host family.

Wednesday, September 3rd
Kids Playing Labor Day

Top 5 Family Friendly Labor Day Activities

Labor Day Weekend is often seen as the symbolic end of summer, and many families take advantage of this last long weekend before the kids get back into their school schedules. Check out our list of the top 5 Labor Day Activities!

Monday, August 25th
South African Au Pair

Featured AuPairCare AuPair - Chenae from South Africa

Au pair Chenae from South Africa lives in Washington DC with her host family and by the end of her placement, will have been with them for 2 full years! 

Tuesday, August 19th
AuPairCare Host Family Interview

5 Things NOT to Ask When Interviewing Your Childcare Provider

Finding the perfect childcare provider for your family can be hard, especially when undergoing the interviewing process. How do you accurately judge the skill sets and compatibility of candidates in such a brief encounter? The following 5 tips on what not to ask potential caregivers will help you get to know your future caregiver and assess whether they are up for the job.

Wednesday, August 13th
AuPairCare Host Family

AuPairCare Addresses New Report Highlighting the Challenges of Working Parents

The National Partnership for Women and Families has released a report highlighting the state of working parents in America and their experiences with family leave, childcare and work-life balance. The report, titled “Expecting Better: A State-by-State Analysis of Laws That Help New Parents”, evaluates the natural challenges that arise when busy households are raising young children. 

Sunday, August 10th
Au Pairs at Au Pair Academy

Playing It Safe at AuPairCare Academy

Summer is in full swing at AuPairCare Academy! Our staff is in the midst of our busy season training au pairs that have just entered the USA. There are many topics covered during our training – but the most important is safety. Our training motto is “Safety First” and we address a variety of safety issues in great detail because taking care of children is a big responsibility

Thursday, August 7th
Bay Area Au Pair and Host Family Golden Gate

AuPairCare Awarded 'Best Nanny Service' by Bay Area Parents

We're thrilled to announce that for the third year in a row, AuPairCare has been voted 'Best Nanny Service' by Bay Area Parent Magazine! This award was given throughout the Bay Area, and covers San Francisco, Marin, the East Bay, the Peninsula and Silicon Valley.

Tuesday, August 5th

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