The first step to become a host family is to select the best program to suit your family.
The Au Pair program option is the most popular choice for most host families, providing flexible, affordable, and intercultural live-in care for infants, toddlers and school-aged children.
This program is the program of choice for families who seek au pairs who have a formal educational child care degree or two years full-time experience.
In addition to standard requirementsto be an au pair , Extraordinaire candidates either have completed a full-time, two-year academic course in child care or are at least 20 years old and have two years full-time experience as a nanny, child care provider or nursery school teacher. Details of formal child care degrees are provided to host families during the placement process and are summarized below. The supply of these special au pairs is extremely limited, so apply early to avoid disappointment. If interested, check the appropriate box on the host family application.
Details on the formal child care degrees held by each applicant are provided to the host family during the placement process. A summary of the formal child care certificates held by applicants from our most popular countries include:
This cost-effective program is the choice for families with full-time school-age children who require care primarily during the early morning and after school hours, with some weekend and evening hours. Available in select communities only.
EduCare companions must fulfill the standard requirements to be an au pair. Please note that this program option is only offered in the following areas:
Please call (800) 928-7247 ext. 5161 for details regarding availability
Year2 au pairs are standard au pairs, Extraordinaire au pairs and EduCare companions who have completed a 12-month placement with Au Pair in America and are seeking placement with a new family for their extension term.
- au pairs may extend their stay to remain an additional 6, 9 or 12 months after their first year on the program. Some elect to be placed with a different family during the extension term and bring a unique level of experience having already spent one year in the U.S.
If a host family chooses to match with a Year2 au pair or companion, they benefit from hosting a participant with previous live-in child care experience. Additionally, Year2 au pairs are already in-country and may be able to join your family faster. However, the number of Year2 au pairs is limited.
For assistance selecting the right program option, call our experienced child care advisors at (800) 928-7247. You also have the option to select multiple program options on your host family application.
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Au Pair in America, 1 High Ridge Park,
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