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Why Choose Us?

As America’s first au pair program, we have set the standard for screening, selection, support and success.

Since inaugurating the nation's first official au pair program in 1986, Au Pair in America has provided more than 110,000 families with dependable live-in child care. As we celebrate more than three decades of service, we remain committed to the idea of cultural exchange that has made the au pair program so successful. Au Pair in America provides the best intercultural child care for your family featuring:

Outstanding Service

With exceptional child care, you should expect exceptional service. You will receive comprehensive program support including assistance with selecting your au pair, coordinating logistics, providing orientation for your family and au pair, year-round local support, medical insurance for your au pair and 24/7 emergency assistance.

With over 30 years of experience, we are able to accommodate and anticipate the needs of host families. Our local, professional community counselors reside in your area and provide daily, ongoing, local support to you and your au pair to ensure a happy and successful experience as seen in many of the au pair agency reviews.

Superior Service

Flexible and Dependable Care

No two weeks are the same with most households. Au pair agency reviews show that hosting an au pair provides the flexibility and convenience you need to simplify your life. With an au pair, you will be able to create your own child care schedule of up to 10 hours per day and up to 45 hours per week. By having your child care provider living in your home, dealing with sick days, snow days and life’s little surprises has never been easier.

Dependable Care

Program Options to Fit Your Family

Whether your children are infants or school aged, Au Pair in America has the solution for your family. Choose from three unique program options.

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FLEXIBILITY

With features like a customizable care schedule and an Extended Payment Plan that gives you the convenience of spreading out payments throughout the year, you will find that becoming a host family gives you all kinds of flexibility and convenience.

Extended Payment Plan

Expert Matching

We offer Expert Match, a flexible and effective approach to finding the caregiver who is a perfect fit for your family. You may search for your au pair with our user-friendly online search tool, or work with our professional placement team to find the perfect au pair for your family. Should you require additional assistance, we are ready and willing to accommodate.

Expert Match - an effective approach to finding perfect aupair

Large Pool of Au Pairs

You will have access to the largest pool of au pairs in the world. Applicants come from nearly 60 countries on five continents and our multi-tiered screening ensures that only the most exceptional and qualified au pairs are accepted. View our au pairs available now.

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An Enriching Cultural Experience

Your family is getting more than just great child care. Your children will receive a global education during their most formative years, learning about the world and your au pair’s culture and customs. In addition, many parents want their children to be bilingual. The constant exposure and reinforcement provided by an au pair are the best ways to immerse children in a new language.

Enriching Cultural Experience

Orientation and Expert Training

Your au pair will have recent and practical child care experience, the details of which you will be able to review in their application. In addition, all of our au pairs complete a pre-departure online training segment and attend a comprehensive orientation program that features child development training, child safety training and adaptation training.

During orientation, all of our au pairs receive exclusive Red Cross® training composed of seminars and hands-on demonstration with training exercises for infant/child CPR and safety, plus sanitization and illness prevention.

Au Pair in America has also partnered with AAA, the nation’s most trusted name in driver safety and instruction, to offer a custom classroom course specifically designed for au pairs.

Au pair orientation training

Organizational strength

Au Pair in America is a division of the American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS), which has provided educational and cultural exchange programs for more than 50 years. Our resources surpass those of other top au pair agencies and enable reliable visa processing, comprehensive insurance for au pairs and discounts for host families interested in any of AIFS’s renowned programs.

Organizational strength

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Meet Some of Our Staff

Once you’ve applied and have met all of the au pair host family requirements, our experienced staff will continue to assist you during the application process and beyond. Our support team is always on call to help you throughout the process.

Ruth Ferry

Ruth Ferry, Senior Vice President & Director of Au Pair in America

Ruth has over 35 years of international cultural exchange experience.
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Jean Quinn

Jean Quinn, Deputy Director Au Pair in America

Jean started working in the field because of the way it tied together her career passions of Cultural Exchange and Education.
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Lorraine Somma-Mates

Lorraine Somma-Mates, Placement Manager

Lorraine works closely with families and au pairs and understands their needs and concerns.
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Lynn Gilbert

Lynn Gilbert, Program Services Manager

Lynn manages a team of staff who monitor the community counselors and handle problem-solving for participants on our program.
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