About Au Pair in America

Au Pair in America is the nation's first legal au pair program. Since 1986, we have provided the best child care opportunities to host families across the US and au pairs from around the world.

Easter Fun

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Click here to check out the Hop into Easter Pinboard

If you are looking for Easter crafts, recipes and activities, check out the Au Pair in America Hop Into Easter Pinterest Pinboard.

Photo: vmiramontes (Flickr)

April is Community Service Month

Every community needs volunteers. If the children are too young to help at a food pantry or soup kitchen you can simply take a trash bag and clean up a local park to make it more pleasant for everyone. Be sure to wear plastic gloves and don’t touch broken glass.

Spring Activity Ideas

Click here to view lots of Spring Activity Ideas on the Au Pair in America Pinterest Board

Click here to view lots of Spring Activity Ideas on the Au Pair in America Pinterest Board

Looking for things to do with the kids? Check out our Spring Has Sprung Pinboard.

Photo: Richard Barrett-Small

Snowman Contest Winner is…

Photo #3. Congratulations to Pamela from Brazil!

By the way, I hope this is my last post involving snow for at least 9 months! :)

Today is the First Day of Spring!

Take a walk outside and look for signs of spring – swelling buds on the trees, flowers poking up from the ground, more birds back in the trees.

Photo by: Thomas Quine

Tax Information for Au Pairs

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We have been talking about taxes at our Coffee Meetings since January and the deadline for filing is approaching.

Here are some of the basic questions:

Who is supposed to file taxes? – All au pairs who made $3900 or more in the calendar year (Jan 1 – Dec 31.) Au pairs who made less than $3900, are not required to file a tax return for 2013.

Will all au pairs have to pay something? – No, it depends on when you arrived and how much money you earned last year.

When are 2013 taxes due? – April 15, 2014

Where can I get the tax form?1040NR-EZ Form

Where can I get the instruction booklet?1040NR-EZ Booklet

Where can I get detailed information and see a sample au pair tax form?APIA Tax Info for Au Pairs *Important note – This tax info document contains a very helpful sample filled out tax form. It will open properly in all browsers except Firefox. I suggest you open this in Chrome, Safari or IE*

Where should I mail my tax return form?
Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
P.O. Box 1303
Charlotte, NC 28201-1303

How do I write a check or money order? – Check here

How do I address an envelope? – Check here

Farewell to Winter – Snowman Contest *VOTE NOW*

VoteButtonFor many of our au pairs this winter was their first time experiencing snow. I’m guessing it was exciting the first couple times, but eventually it loses it’s novelty and you just feel very chilly. I think we can all agree that winter has been fun, but we are ready to move onto Spring! Let’s take a look back at some of the great snowmen and snow-women that were created.

Please vote for HERE your favorite. You may vote daily through March 19 and share the link with friends and family via email, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

The winning au pair will receive a $10 Starbucks gift card.

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2014 Au Pair in America DC Regional Cultural Fair

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Au Pair in America is hosting a DC Regional Cultural Fair

Au pairs representing over 35 different countries will provide: children’s activities, performances, visual displays, face painting and a cultural parade. This event is open to the public. Anyone interested in learning about other cultures and the Au Pair in America program are invited.

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Saturday, April 5, 2014
1:00-3:00 PM
Spanish Ballroom

Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Boulevard
Glen Echo, Maryland 20812


For more information, please contact Christine Connally at cconnallyaupair @ gmail.com or 301-860-1314.

Daylight Saving Time Begins March 9

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During DST, clocks are turned forward an hour, effectively moving an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening.  Today, approximately 70 countries worldwide utilize Daylight Saving Time in at least some portion of the country.  If you don’t come from one of those countries, I am guessing that the idea may seem strange.

Before you go to bed on March 8, be sure to set the clocks forward one hour!


How to Write a Check or Money Order

This question comes up from time to time and with the tax deadline approaching, I thought I would post a link with a great step by step tutorial.  Click on the image of a check below to go to the tutorial on About.com.

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Remember: Use pen and don’t leave extra blank space where someone can make changes.

If you don’t have a checking account and need to make a payment by check, you have two other options: money order or cashier’s check (bank check.) Money orders are available for purchase at your bank, the post office or the customer service desk of some retail stores (CVS, Safeway, WalMart.) You will be charged a small fee, $1.50-$5.  Money orders need to be paid for with cash (not credit cards.) You will fill out the money order similarly to a check and keep your receipt portion for your records.

If you are paying your taxes:

  • Make check or money order payable to “United States Treasury.”
  • Write this info somewhere on the check:
    • Your full name
    • Your address and phone number
    • Your Social Security Number
    • 2013 Form 1040 NR-EZ
  • Mail your tax forms (keep copies for your records) and payment to: Internal Revenue Service
    P.O. Box 1303
    Charlotte, NC 28201–1303
    U.S.A.
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