Summer Au Pair Childcare Program Held Over For Additional Two Years

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InterExchange Au Pair USA announces that it will continue to offer the Summer Au Pair program for an additional two years based on the U.S. Department of State’s extension of the program.

InterExchange Au Pair USA (http://www.AuPairUSA.org) announces that it will continue to offer the Summer Au Pair program for an additional two years based on the U.S. Department of State’s extension of the program.

The Summer Au Pair program was created as a pilot program to give U.S families an affordable alternative to traditional childcare for the summer months. Au Pair USA has been designated by the U.S. Department of State to offer an Au Pair program in the United States since 1989 and has been participating in the Summer Au Pair pilot program since the program’s launch in 2004.

U.S. Host Families receive quality, in-home childcare by carefully screened young adults from Europe. Au Pair participants speak English, provide personalized care, supervise and play with the family’s children, drive them to the pool or play dates, and care for them while the parents are at work or out for the day. Children spend their summer learning about a different culture from a full-time childcare provider. The program gives parents an alternative to summer camps and other summer childcare options. The average cost to a Host Family for a summer of childcare is $340 per week. The program is open to families with children over the age of 2.

Au Pairs are young adults between the ages of 18 and 26 who come to the United States on a J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa to live as an extended member of their Host Family. Au Pairs provide up to 45 hours per week of live-in childcare in exchange for room, board, an educational allowance, and a small weekly stipend.

“Allowing Au Pairs to come to the U.S. for less than the traditional 1 year period is an important option for parents who only need childcare during the summer months,” noted Michael McHugh, InterExchange Au Pair USA Program Manager. “This is a unique opportunity for families to find quality, affordable childcare while participating in a cultural exchange program. Kids can spend their summer learning first-hand about another culture.”

The program has been growing in popularity since it’s inception, and if the pilot program is deemed successful at the conclusion of the extension period, the Exchange Visitor Program regulations will be amended to make it permanent.

About InterExchange

InterExchange Au Pair USA is the first U.S. Department of State designated Au Pair agency to offer the Summer Au Pair program. The InterExchange Au Pair USA program recruits Au Pairs from over 40 countries and places them with Host Families in over 90 communities in 20 states. Roughly 1,000 families per year take part in the Au Pair USA full year program.    

For more information please call 1 (800) AU PAIRS, e-mail aupair@interexchange.org or visit http://www.aupairusa.org/summer.html

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