What is an Au Pair?
“Au pair” means “on par” or equal. Au pairs and EduCare companions are international visitors who travel to the United States on a J-1 Visitor Exchange Visa to acquire a better understanding and appreciation of American life while living with an American family and caring for their young children.
Au pairs and companions become full-fledged family members, sharing a cultural exchange experience that often leads to a lasting relationship with the host family.
Au pairs on our Au Pair or Extraordinaire programs care for children of all ages – infants from three months of age, pre-school and school age. EduCare companions are au pairs who care exclusively for older children who are in school for a full five days a week.
All au pairs and companions make a commitment to participate in the program for 12 months. Those in good standing at the end of 12 months have an option to apply for an extension of duration of stay to continue their participation an additional 6, 9 or 12 months.
What is the advantage of hosting an au pair over a daycare type service? Most host families agree that the advantage is all about having flexible,affordable care. Not having to worry about being late due to work or traffic is wonderful and alleviates a lot of stress for busy, working moms and dads. Having a child care routine that is set by you, can allow parents to know their children’s needs are being met.