Monthly Archives: June 2011

The 4th of July is the USA’s Birthday!

Happy birthday america

On July 4, 1776, Americans claimed our independence from Britain and Democracy was born. Every day thousands leave their homeland to come to the “land of the free and the home of the brave” so they can begin their American Dream.

The United States is truly a diverse nation made up of dynamic people. Each year on July 4, Americans celebrate that freedom and independence with barbecues, picnics, and family gatherings. Through the Internet we are learning about and communicating with people of different nations, with different languages and different races throughout the world. Bringing the world closer with understanding and knowledge can only benefit all nations.

Au Pair in America is dedicated to cultural exchange and hopes all our host families and au pairs are celebrating this truly American holiday together!  Enjoy your barbeques, picnics, and all the fireworks!

There are parades in most communities this weekend, check your local paper for the one closest to you!

Macy's 4th of July fireworksHere is a list of some places to watch the 4th of July Fireworks:



Fri, Jul 01, 2011 10:00 PM
Sun, Jul 03, 2011 10:00 PM
North Sea Fire Department’s Fireman’s Memorial Athletic Field
Noyac Road
North Sea
The North Sea Fire Department will have fireworks in the Fireman’s Field on Friday, July 1, and Sunday, July 3, at approximately 10 p.m. Rain date July 4. For more information, call 631-283-3629, ext. 5.

Friday, Jul 01, 2011
Southampton Fresh Air Home Benefit   (National Class)
Place: Shinnecock, Southampton, NY
(This is an expensive event, so park nearby and just watch from there!)

Saturday, July 2, 6:00 PM-11:00 PM, Monday, July 4, t 6:00 PM-11:00 PM, Fireman’s Carnival and Fireworks Display, Fireworks display will take place July 3rd and 4th at 10 p.m. Fireworks are visible at the school, carnival, and at locations throughout Greenport.

Riverhead Sunday, July 3  Starts at 9 PM, Peconic Bay Waterfront, behind Atlantis Aquarium,  5 PM  – 9:30 PM Come down to the beautiful Peconic Riverfront to celebrate Independence Day with a great family concert by Brady Rymer and a Rock & Roll Review. The salute to American Independence ends with a spectacular fireworks show at 9:00pm at Grangebel Park on the Peconic Riverfront!

Macy’s July 4th Fireworks Viewing Party
: View the legendary Macys 4th of July Fireworks celebration on the Hudson River from the Flight Deck of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum located at Pier 86.
: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
: Monday, 7pm – 10:30pm

Old West Show at Old Bethpage Village this Saturday!!`

Do you want to see a cowboy show here on Long Island? 

cowboyCowboys and cowgirls will ride into Old Bethpage Village Restoration Saturday for an event billed as the “Gunfight at the Gulch,” the group’s second Long Island match of the season.

Gunfight at the Gulch

WHEN | WHERE 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage

INFO or email

ADMISSION Included with general museum admission of $10 ($7 ages 5-12)

Spectators look on as mounted contestants will compete in fast-action, timed events using two .45 caliber single action revolvers each loaded with five rounds of specially prepared blank ammunition — like the stage props used in Hollywood movies — to pop balloons. 


As part of the match, participants dress in period clothing, replete with boots, chaps and cowboy hats, in keeping with the Old West spirit.  Courses of fire are set in a variety of patterns, with the first five balloons arranged randomly and the last five positioned in a straight line known as a rundown. Riders score points based on accuracy and time, and at the end of the match, which usually consists of four “stages,” the rider with the best total time, including any penalties such as missed balloons or overturned barrels, is declared the winner.

Match with an EduCare Au Pair NOW!


AU PAIR IN AMERICA & SUFFOLK COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE worked together to create a special program that fulfills the requirements to be able to introduce EduCare to Suffolk County.  The program is open to all students, but will make it possible for EduCare companions to earn their required education!! 

EduCare Regulations:

  • EduCare is only for families that require childcare before and after school.
  • EduCare au pairs may not be placed with families that have preschool children except if other, full-time childcare plans have been made.
  • The EduCare au pair may work no more than 10 hours per day, and a maximum of 30 hours per week.
  • Au pairs participating in the EduCare component receive 75 percent of the weekly rate paid to non-EduCare participants.
  • EduCare au pairs must complete a minimum of 12 hours of academic credit or its equivalent during the program year.
  • The host family is required to provide (up to) the first $1,000 toward the cost of the au pair’s required academic course work.

Host Family Comparative Fees

Au Pair

Standard Au Pair

EduCare Companion

Program Fee



Match Fee



Weekly Stipend*






Average per week**



  *Based on the Federal minimum wage

** Not including education allowance. Including education, difference is $3,196

EduCare in America 2011 Arrival Dates

Tuesday, July 5                                 Monday, July 25

Monday, August 1                             Monday, August 15

                                    Monday, December 5

Summer & Water Safety Meeting for Au Pairs

Cindy Garruba’s Suffolk County Au Pairs learned about WATER & SUMMER SAFETY to prepare for childcare this summer with their host children on Long Island!  Though it was a bit cloudy and cool, the au pairs enjoyed the Northville beach and the heated pool. 

006Cindy taught the au pairs to recognize poison ivy to prevent exposure, and what to do if unfortunately a child or the au pair develop the rash. Everyone agreed sunscreen and avoiding the peak sun is very important.  We discussed prevention tips and what to do if someone gets a sunburn.  We even discussed deer ticks, lymes disease, splinters, and basic first aid.

We reviewed the ways to keep children safe around pools and on the beach.  EVERY AU PAIR IN SUFFOLK COUNTY WILL BE ON THE BEACH OR IN A POOL THIS SUMMER.  Water safety is essential for good childcare this summer.  Josi and Kristina really enjoyed the pool and know the importance of water safety!!

  • 007The most important lesson for the day was that everyone must learn how to swim. 
  •  Never take your eyes off the kids around water
  • At the beach, swim near the lifeguard, but still keep your eyes on the kids, the lifeguard is there for emergencies!
  • Keep a phone outside near the pool for emergencies.
  • Learn Red Cross CPR – Au Pair in America gives scholarships for Red Cross classes!
  • Keep access to pools locked when not in use this includes doors from the house and gates to the back yard.
  •  No running around pools!
  • No diving in shallow water
  • Keep life saving equipment in pool area – poles & flotation devices
  • Tubes and lifejackets on children are not substitues for adult supervision
  • Keep toys out of and away from the pool when not in use, children might follow them into the water!
  • If a child is missing, check the pool first!!!!

008The au pairs had time to socialize with each other.  We talked about some upcoming summer activities including going to a see Mary Poppins on Broadway in July and to a Long Island Ducks Baseball game in August.  It is Strawberry Season on Long Island and Cindy served some strawberry shortcake and the au pairs loved it.  She encouraged them to visit the farms this season to pick your own berries or just go to the farm stands to buy fresh fruit and vegetables this summer.  There are some Strawberry Festivals in Suffolk County.  Cindy’s favorite is the Mattituck Strawberry Festival.  This year it is June 17, 18 & 19.





EduCare – Childcare for School Age Children


Weekly News June 9th 2011

       EduCare Works for Many Families!

The summer months bring many au pairs and the year’s highest concentration of EduCare arrivals.  While we all know that EduCare companions have a different work schedule and education benefits than  au pairs, what may not be so widely known is that they also participate in a unique orientation program while in Stamford.  Both the content and the delivery are tailored to the characteristics of the au pairs and their host families, specifically to working with older host children.  It is important that the EduCare au pairs attend these orientations. In general the EduCare orientation groups tend to be smaller than the standard groups and the participants almost always have a uniformly high level of English proficiency, both receptive and spoken.  These two factors contribute to more universal participation and to more nuanced and in depth group conversations.  There is often “give and take” between the participants around cultural and child care topics, rather than simply responding to the group leader.  In these groups, it is not unusual for the EduCares to question each other or to challenge the opinions of other group members.  The discourse is at a higher and more inclusive level and there are more opportunities for critical thinking and analysis. globe-book


EduCare Host Family Profile

 Has school aged children and requires childcare before and after school hours

 Need no more than 30 hours of child care a week

 EduCares can be placed with families that have children in pre-school full time if alternative arrangements can be made for their supervision

2011 EduCare arrival dates:

Tuesday July 5th

Monday July 25th

Monday August 1st

Monday August 15th

Monday December 5th



Praise for Au Pair in America & AIFS in Congress!

This article appears on the Alliance for
International Educational and Cultural Exchange website:
Congressman Carnahan praises au pair 
program and reminisces about his own study abroad experience 
Mon, 06/06/2011 – 15:58 — Lisa Retterath

congressOn the occasion of its 25th anniversary, Representative Russ Carnahan (D-MO) praised the Department of State’s Au Pair Program on Friday in a statement on the floor of the House of Representatives. Carnahan noted that the Au Pair Program not only broadens “global understanding through a sharing of culture, language, and religion,” but also provides au pairs with the opportunity to be “active contributing members of their American community.”

Carnahan also said that he himself is a proud alumnus of a study abroad program (with the American Institute for Foreign Study), an experience that changed his life: “I can personally attest to the unique educational opportunity living outside your native country provides a young student. For me, it was a life changing experience, helping expand my horizons and alter my way of thinking.”

Rep. Carnahan’s full statement from June 3 is as follows:

“Mr. Speaker, on June 9th, the Department of State will hold a reception celebrating the 25th anniversary of the au pair program. Host families, au pairs from Germany, Brazil, Thailand, South Africa, France, Sweden and Mexico, along with other countries, and federal officials from the Department of State, will participate in this event recognizing the strength and longevity of this cultural exchange program.

The first au pairs arrived in New York City in June of 1986. Since that time, the program has witnessed dramatic growth, thanks in part to the leadership and vision of one of the first authorized sponsors, Au Pair in America, a division of the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS), located in Stamford, Connecticut. AIFS helped establish a regulatory framework that has allowed more than 87,000 young people to live with and care for the children of American families during a mutually rewarding one- or two-year experience.

This exchange experience has profoundly changed the lives of au pairs, the young children they care for and their host families through their daily exchange of ideas and broadening their global understanding through a sharing of culture, language, and religion. Furthermore, au pairs have been active contributing members of their American community where they live through their engagement in community and religious activities, giving of their time and talents to charitable organizations and volunteering their time to teach young children in schools about their native country.

As a proud alumni of one of AIFS’s study abroad programs, I can personally attest to the unique educational opportunity living outside your native country provides a young student. For me, it was a life changing experience, helping expand my horizons and alter my way of thinking.
Mr. Speaker, I would like to add my voice in commending all those who have worked to develop and expand the au pair program over the past 25 years.”