AuPairCare offers Affordable and Educational Child Care Option for U.S. Families

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International au pairs provide U.S. families more affordable and higher quality care than other child care options including nannies, day-care centers and baby sitters.

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“Many families today require two incomes, which means affordable, high quality child care is at the top of their wish list,” said Heidi Woehl, vice president of AuPairCare.

According to the U.S. Census, the cost of child care increased twice as fast as the median income of families with children in the year 2000, and continues to rise. In addition, a recent survey by Kelton Research indicated that Americans have noticed significant increases in their expenditures on gas, food, utilities, insurance, phone, Internet, and cable bills just in the past three months. The ever increasing cost of living in the U.S. often requires both parents to work outside of the home, making affordable child care a necessity.

However, many child care options are unaffordable to the average U.S. family. In 2009 the average center-based child care fees for an infant were more than the average annual amount that families spent on food, according to a survey done by Child Care Resource and Referral. Parents want high quality child care, but its high cost forces many parents to make sacrifices. But, parents don’t have to sacrifice high quality for affordability. Au pair matching agencies, such as AuPairCare, provide international au pairs for U.S. families at a low cost when compared to other child care options in the country.

The hourly cost of an au pair from AuPairCare is approximately $7.50 per hour, considerably lower than the cost of baby sitters, nannies, day-care centers, and camps. Most baby sitters in the U.S. charge an average of $10 to $15 per hour, and are not required to go through specialized child care training, like AuPairCare’s au pairs. Au pairs provide individual attention to children, whereas a day-care center employee’s attention is divided among many children. The cost of AuPairCare’s au pairs remains the same regardless of how many children a host family has or what hours the au pair is providing child care. This makes it a great child care option for families with multiples or parents who work nontraditional hours, as day-care centers charge per child and increase the cost for child care during nontraditional hours.

“Our children mean the world to us, and we want to make sure they are experiencing life, while safe and accounted for when my wife and I are both at work all day,” said AuPairCare host father Jack Stiefel, who lives in Northern California. “With AuPairCare, our children get to experience a new culture and they receive undivided attention all at an affordable price. Our experiences have been wonderful. I’ve never thought twice about our decision to use AuPairCare, and I would recommend their services to any parents.”

Au pairs provide child care in the safety of the host family’s home, where parents choose who their children interact with each day and will know exactly where their kids are at any given moment. Not only do au pairs provide quality child care, they also provide an extra set of hands to help with child care related tasks around the house. Included in the fee is a guarantee that each au pair is trained in CPR and First Aid prior to arriving at the host family’s home.

“Many families today require two incomes, which means high quality, affordable child care is at the top of their wish list,” said Heidi Woehl, vice president of AuPairCare. “AuPairCare allows your children to receive individual attention and learn about a new culture without leaving the U.S., while also providing parents with more flexibility in their schedules.”

AuPairCare offers three program options to fit each family’s specific needs. The Standard Yearlong Program provides dedicated child care and cultural exchange for one year. Au pairs provide up to 45 hours of child care per week chosen by the host family, not to exceed 10 hours per day. For families who are expecting or have a child under 12 months old, there is the Infant Specialized Program. Au pairs who complete Infant Specialized Training attend a longer training program focusing on infant sign language, baby massage techniques, games to stimulate infant mental development, and American parenting techniques. Host families and au pairs who want to extend the au pair’s stay use the Extension Program, which allows a family to work with the same au pair for an additional six, nine or 12 month period of time.

About AuPairCare
AuPairCare is a leading au pair agency providing affordable live-in childcare services to American families since 1989. Designated by the U.S. Department of State, AuPairCare offers superior childcare to fit families’ unique needs. AuPairCare has matched more than 40,000 au pairs with American families across the U.S. AuPairCare is a division of Intrax, a family of organizations that provide a lifetime of high quality educational, work and volunteer programs that connect people and cultures. Intrax is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in 13 countries. To find an au pair to fit your family’s needs call 1(800) 428-7247 or visit http://www.aupaircare.com.

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