Au Pair in America is the United States’ first au pair program designated by the Department of State in 1986. The program allows young people from abroad, aged 18 to 26, to travel to the U.S. on the Exchange Visitor Program for a unique cultural exchange experience. These young visitors come to America to acquire a better understanding and appreciation of American life while living with an American family and caring for their young children for up to 45 hours per week.
Westchester County resident, Jodie McQueen DeCrescenzo of Ossining, is the local Community Counselor for Au Pair in America. Originally from Ireland, Jodie’s experience with the Au Pair in America program is unique. She participated as an au pair herself and was hosted by a local family in Purchase, NY from 2012 until 2014. While an au pair, Jodie provided quality, dependable child care for the family’s three young children and shared her Irish culture with them.
Jodie now serves as the liaison for both host families and au pairs in the area as Community Counselor. “Families choose to have an au pair over other child care options for many reasons,” says Jodie. “Flexibility is one reason, as an au pair’s schedule can change from week to week. The cultural exchange component is another reason. It is a wonderful way to reinforce a family’s own culture or introduce a new one. Survey findings show that living with an au pair has a significant influence on a child's education, instilling a willingness to embrace other cultures and desire to travel. Families also cite having a trusted caregiver in the comfort of their home as a tremendous convenience and advantage.”
Many parents like you are looking for a flexible child care option in Westchester County, and an au pair can easily adapt to your needs. Current host families have shared that they appreciate the program's flexibility. One host parent shared, "Having an au pair is the best child care decision I ever made. We always have coverage when we need it — mornings and evenings, weekends and weekdays, even snow days and sick days. And my biggest hesitation was unfounded. The girls don't want to be hanging around you all day. They quickly make lots of friends and want to be out doing stuff when they are not working."
Au Pair in America offers qualified au pairs from nearly 60 countries. All have at least 200 hours of recent child care experience and go through a rigorous screening process and background check. They come with medical and liability insurance, a United States Department of State sponsored visa, and a valid driver’s license.
Au pairs attend a comprehensive two-day orientation program that features child development training, child safety training, customized Red Cross training and an optional AAA driver safety training specifically designed for au pairs.
Click here for more details about au pair child care, as well as to view current available au pairs at zero cost and with no obligation.