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!
The cost of childcare has become undeniably overwhelming for many families. Parents must have access to affordable childcare options that allow families to go to work while ensuring their children have excellent care in their absence. With an average cost of just over $1,300 per month as of 2021, families with children in the infant to toddler age range must pay nearly $16,000 each year in childcare costs.
On a beautiful, sunny Saturday morning in San Francisco, AuPairCare au pairs gathered to give back to their local community. With the help of the local charitable organization “Kind Hearts for You”, the au pairs organized and assembled more than 70 family kits of hygienic products as well as food essentials, such as fruits, vegetables, rice, and beans.
This year, au pairs and host families in Ann Arbor, Michigan, gathered for the 4th annual AuPairCare Pumpkin Carving Contest!
Vittoria, an au pair from Brazil, accomplished something incredible during the holiday season: she performed in a local production of The Nutcracker! Vittoria is a trained classical dancer and decided to keep up her dancing skills while being an au pair in Kansas.
Every year at AuPairCare our host families take a moment to recognize the au pairs who have come into their lives and embraced the spirit of cultural exchange meets childcare. This contest was the largest ever, but after hundreds of entries and our voting contest, we have our list of finalists! Check out the highlights for Ultimate Au Pair of the Year!
Au pairs are young adults who travel to the U.S. on J-1 visas to provide live-in childcare. Learn how they can enrich your family’s life here.
What is an au pair vs. a nanny? Is a nanny or au pair right for your family? Finding the perfect caregiver for your child can have a lasting impact on their development, and can reduce the stress of parenting.
As parents we want to give our children every competitive advantage we can, from the very moment they are born until they are out on their own two feet. Bilingualism is one of those competitive advantages we can offer our children, and having an au pair is a great way to expose them to a foreign language via language immersion.
The 'Big Day' has finally arrived! It's time to meet your new family member and much preparation has gone into it. Emotions run high in anticipation of finally meeting each other and everyone is always excited - maybe even a little nervous too.
Many children start to show an interest in different cultures at a young age, whether through ethnic food, new friends or history lessons at school. Hosting an au pair fosters this curiosity and introduces young ones to new languages, bedtime stories, playtime games and more. Here are 9 activities that parents, host children and au pairs can do together to learn about new cultures: