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Driving Information for Au Pairs

Visit the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website for information about driving in California.

Educational Information for Au Pairs

The information listed here is your starting point to fulfilling the education requirement.  Your community counselor will have the most popular and affordable choices in your area.

  • The schools listed here are not all reasonable options. Ask your community counselor for the schools closest to you.
  • Continuing Education (also Adult Education or Lifelong Learning) classes are generally the most affordable options for au pairs.
  • Review the cost, class schedule, and transportation needed for the classes you are interested in with your host family. You need to be responsible about selecting courses that meet at times that will not conflict with your work schedule. Take into consideration the time it will take to travel between home and the campus. Your host family must approve your plans.
  • Host families reimburse tuition costs and costs of related materials (books and supplies) up to $500 ($1000 for EduCare) for you to complete your six semester hours (12 for EduCare), or the equivalent. You are responsible for all payments for tuition, fees, books and materials that exceed the host family’s contribution. Education money is not paid to you in cash if you do not use the complete amount.
  • For more detailed information about the education requirement and education in the U.S., click here to see the ABCs of Education.

UC Berkeley Extension

Cabrillo College

Cañada College

Chabot-Las Positas Community College

Chaffey College

City College of San Francisco

College of Marin

College of San Mateo

College of the Canyons

Contra Costa Community College District

DeAnza College

Diablo Valley College

El Camino College

Evergreen Valley College

Foothill College

Fullerton College

GEOS Languages Plus Costa Mesa & Los Angeles

Glendale Community College

Golden West College in Huntington Beach

Los Angeles Harbor College

Los Angeles Pierce College

Los Angeles Valley College

Loyola Marymount University

Mira Costa College

San Diego Miramar College

Mission College

Mt. San Antonio College

Napa Valley College

Ohlone College

Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa

Oxnard College

Pasadena City College

Saddleback CC in Mission Viejo

San Diego Community College

San Diego State

San Francisco State University

San Jose City College

San Jose State University

Santa Ana College

Santa Barbara City College

Santa Monica College

Santiago Canyon College in Orange

Skyline College

University of California/San Diego

University of California-Los Angeles

Ventura College

Ventura Community College District

West Valley College


Tourist and Other Information

For events around the Los Angeles area and activities to do with children:

For events around the San Jose area and activities to do with children:

San Francisco area:

San Diego area:

"The flexibility the program affords us is outstanding. With other child care options, I always felt I was accommodating their schedule instead of my own."

Jill Kastner, host parent
New Jersey

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