Designated by the U.S. State Department
The au pair programme is a U.S. Department of State-regulated cultural exchange programme that was designated in 1989. The Department of State sets forth guidelines that all programme participants and au pair agencies are required to follow - guidelines that are designed to protect the interests of both host families and au pairs. It is Cultural Care Au Pair’s responsibility to enforce these rules to ensure a quality experience for you and your host family. As a sponsor we adhere to strict rules regarding au pair and host family screening and support. We also submit reports and documentation to the U.S. State Department to support our programme’s high quality standards on a regular basis. The only legal way to be an au pair in the USA is through a designated sponsor such as Cultural Care Au Pair.
The government regulations Cultural Care Au Pair agrees to follow include:
- Provide au pairs with a minimum of eight hours of training in child development and child safety (at least four of which deal with infant safety)
- Provide au pairs with a minimum of 24 hours of child development instruction before being placed in an American home (at least four of which must relate to children under two years of age)
- Ensure that each host family be assigned to a local childcare coordinator (LCC) who lives within a one-hour drive
- Require LCCs to conduct an orientation with each host family and au pair within 14 days of an au pair’s arrival
- Require LCCs to maintain monthly personal contact with host families and host monthly meetings for their au pairs
Guidelines that our host families must adhere to :
- Provide their au pair with a private bedroom, meals and a weekly stipend of US$ 195.75 (calculated based on federal minimum wage; subject to change)
- Limit their au pair’s working hours to 45 hours per week (no more than 10 hours in one day)
- Limit their au pair’s household responsibilities to those related to care of the children (including meal preparation, laundry and room clean-up)
- Grant their au pair 1.5 days off per week, at least 1 full weekend off each month and 2 weeks of paid holiday
- Arrange for a parent or responsible adult to remain at home with their au pair for the first three days after arrival
- Ensure that another adult is home with their au pair at all times if you have an infant under the age of 3 months
- Contribute up to $500 toward the cost of their au pair's completion of their educational requirement
- Facilitate transportation for their au pair to attend monthly meetings with her LCC and classes
Safety enforced by law through the U.S. Department of State regulations. For full details of U.S. Department of State Programme Guidelines, please click here.
Member of the International Au Pair Association (IAPA)
As a member of IAPA, Cultural Care Au Pair is given a “quality seal of approval” as an au pair program in the USA. IAPA is a worldwide association and highly regarded in the cultural exchange industry. See www.iapa.org for more information.