San Francisco, CA - AuPairCare, the leading au pair agency that provides quality live-in child care services to American families, is proud to announce that Mariana Moujan, an au pair from Argentina, has been selected as the winner of the Ultimate Au Pair contest for her compassion and affection to the Edwards family of Arlington, Virginia.
Mariana is the second youngest of seven children in her family and is a university student studying hotel management. In 2010, she decided to take time off school to become an au pair and experience American traditions, share her Argentinean customs, and improve her English.
Alice Edwards, Mariana's host mother, nominated Mariana for this award because of her devotion to Alice's children, infant son, Augie, and 2-year-old daughter, Dara. Just three weeks after Mariana joined the Edwards family, Dara was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The following months were consumed with traditional au pair responsibilities, including playing games, reading stories and teaching Spanish, in addition to supporting the Edwards family by caring for a child with cancer.
I can't think of anyone more deserving of the Ultimate Au Pair title than Mariana, said Edwards. As we have fought a daily struggle that tests the limits of our energy, strength and faith, she has been the rock keeping our family together.
AuPairCare established the Ultimate Au Pair Award to recognize the hard work and achievements of the many great au pairs participating in its au pair program. The award honors au pairs who are dedicated child care providers and offer an awe-inspiring amount of support to their host family. Mariana was selected out of nearly 100 compelling and heart-warming submissions from AuPairCare families across the U.S. regarding their experience hosting an international au pair.
â€œThe Arlington area consists of dozens of American families with au pairs like Mariana and I am excited that she is recognized as the winner of the Ultimate Au Pair contest this year, said Neysha Mendoza, area director of AuPairCare. â€œMariana has provided a tremendous amount of support for the Edwards family and she is an example of the positive impact that the au pair program can have on a family. Mariana truly reflects the spirit of AuPairCare.
AuPairCare matches American families with international au pairs and offers two main program options to fit each family's specific needs. The Standard One-Year Program provides dedicated child care and cultural exchange for one year. Au pairs provide up to 45 hours of child care per week chosen by the host family, not to exceed 10 hours per day. For families who are expecting or have a child under 12 months old, AuPairCare offers the Infant Specialized Program, a longer training program focusing on infant sign language, baby massage techniques, games to stimulate infant mental development, and American parenting techniques. In addition, host families and au pairs who want to extend the au pair's stay use the Extension Program, which provides up to two years of continuing child care. Families can extend with their au pair for an additional six, nine or 12 months.