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Cost-Effective Childcare

Cost-Effective Childcare

Affordable Rates. No Hidden Fees!

Our rates are very competitive at a cost of only $7.20 per hour. Whether you are a first-time or repeat host family, or looking to transfer from another agency, we have a discount just for you! In addition, we also offer a flexible payment plan that makes the au pair program even more convenient for your family!
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Meet Our Available Au Pairs

Candidates Available from over 60 Countries!

Not only are we a leading au pair agency, but we are also parents. This is why we offer only thoroughly screened, highly trained au pairs that we would entrust with our own children. With flexible arrival dates to meet your busy schedule you can welcome your new au pair in 4-6 weeks or less!
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Personal, One-On-One Service 

We are a family oriented agency dedicated to providing quality, trustworthy care for your children! If you have questions about the au pair program we will be happy to walk you through the process step-by-step from filling out your application to welcoming your new au pair. 
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You set the schedule to fit your child care needs, not daycare center opening hours.


The Au Pair International Program allows you to set schedules based on when you need childcare. It eliminates uncertainty and stress in your day-to-day life.


Most host families continue hosting au pairs year after year, and their childcare needs often change with the seasons, career, social life, growing children and growing family. While your needs may vary, Au Pair International continues to provide the highest level of service, combined with the greatest value for each hour of childcare received.


While many of the best day care centers have inflexible enrollment dates, Au Pair International has arrivals all year round, so families can begin working with an au pair at any time.


Studies suggest that children in a day care environment are four hundred percent more susceptible to upper respiratory viruses than children with in-home childcare. According to Medline (a service of the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health), daycare centers pose an increased health risk for children and staff because of the exposure to other children who may be sick.

According to David Geller, pediatrician, “Kids pass infections to each other easily in a group setting such as daycare, particularly during the winter months. You can't prevent it entirely, unless you switch to a nanny or decide to stay home yourself.”


On average, kids in daycare suffer from 10-14 colds a year. It typically takes two weeks to recover, which means a child in daycare has about one cold a month, if not more. Aside from the health detriments, sick children bring a whole set of challenges for busy parents:

  • Finding and paying for an alternative provider at the last minute, while also continuing to pay for the traditional daycare that can’t be used when kids are sick.

  • Spreading of illnesses to other family members – resulting in more sick children, time off work, etc.

  • Caring for sick children and the resulting lack of sleep.

  • Long term health implications of constant viruses, ear infections, strep throat, etc.

  • Increased health care costs.

It is important to carefully consider each of these implications when choosing the best childcare option for your family.


When choosing childcare, parents are looking for someone to nurture, love, teach, support, play with, and provide the highest level of care. Research overwhelmingly shows that children's healthy development depends on calm and nurturing experiences during the first few years of life. Our host families feel they have a wonderful childcare situation because they have a person who is experienced, reliable, and responsive, and understands and nurtures their child's developmental and emotional needs.


Highest Caregiver to Child Ratio

Quality childcare can make a significant difference in your child's development and behavior later in life. Researchers have been examining the aspects of childcare that have a positive influence on early childhood development. Not surprisingly, studies show that high staffing ratios are an essential factor in quality child care settings.

Au pairs provide one-on-one attention in a calm environment, soothing their hurts, and encouraging their mental and physical development. Au pairs see your interaction with your child and can mimic the way you have chosen to raise your child.


Customized Care

High quality, customized care is an important benefit of the au pair program.

Studies have found that kids who spend all day in daycare have higher levels of stress and more aggression than kids who are cared for at home. Families also find that their children are exhausted and may have difficulties taking naps at daycare.

With the live-in au pair program, the schedule is set to your children’s routines, not to opening hours. Your au pair knows the child’s daily routine, likes and dislikes, and personality. The au pair is a family member who takes interest in and enjoys taking part in your child’s individual learning and growth.

An au pair also has more information about the child’s behavior and can adjust accordingly. For example, a daycare center has very limited ability to accommodate a child who is overly tired and may need to take it easy. Our au pairs recognize that your child’s needs may vary from day to day, and are therefore flexible and adapt as needed.

With Au Pair International, you can find the most affordable au pair care available. Childcare costs (and quality) vary greatly across the country. The au pair program is one of the most affordable options in most states.

Affordable Childcare

However, comparing only the daytime costs does not provide the full picture. Families who consider what they spend on childcare outside of daycare are surprised about the costs. Evening and weekend babysitting fees can quickly add up.

Consider All Your Costs

Time is money. With the Au Pair International Program, each hour is more efficient as it is set to your schedule.

When comparing childcare options, consider all your combined costs:

  • After hours babysitting
  • Childcare during school closings/holidays
  • Back-up childcare costs for when children are sick
  • Daycare services paid for but not received due to child sick days
  • Time spent preparing for and driving children to and from daycare
  • Time spent finding and scheduling babysitters
  • Time spent assisting children with schoolwork and projects

Au pair childcare is virtually “all-inclusive” and provides:

  • Primary daytime childcare
  • After hours babysitting and childcare during vacations
  • Assistance with preparing, bringing and transporting to and from daycare
  • A greater amount of “net hours” of childcare received
  • A reliable and consistent extension to your family

The au pair program eliminates:

  • Time spent finding babysitters and backup care
  • Time spent performing childcare related housework
  • Time spent assisting with schoolwork and managing kids’ hectic schedules
  • Stress associated with traditional childcare options

According to Babycenter, a parenting resource: “One problem with daycare is that you're at the mercy of the center. You may have to pay a costly fee for late pickups, scramble for backup care when the center is closed on holidays, and stay at home when your child is sick.”

The au pair program is an affordable program when directly compared to most traditional childcare programs. In addition, most au pair families report substantial savings when considering all the costs and benefits offered by the program.


As one of the fastest growing childcare programs in the US, the au pair program is often referred to as “childcare for the modern parent” or “an extension of the modern family”. We asked our host families about the benefits of the Au Pair International Au Pair Program. Here’s just a brief overview of the benefits we’ve heard directly from our satisfied families:

  • High Quality and Personalized Learning: Children thrive as a result of the full attention offered by our au pairs, who serve as an extension of the family and enjoy focusing on your child’s personal learning and growth.

  • Affordability: Au pair childcare is one of the least expensive options available, while also providing the highest quality and most personal level of care. Large families enjoy that the cost is the same regardless of the number of children.

  • Flexibility: Unlike most childcare options that require families to adhere to stringent schedules and hours, the au pair program offers a flexible schedule set by the host family, based on individual needs and requirements.

  • Health, Safety and Comfort: In-home childcare is recommended by pediatricians as the healthiest childcare option. Health is becoming a determining factor when parents are choosing care for their children.

  • Language and Culture: Au pair childcare is unquestionably the best option for broadening your child’s horizon and ability to learn and understand new languages. Research indicates that learning another language has educational benefits far beyond being able to speak the language.

  • Housework Assistance: Childcare related chores such as laundry, cleaning, preparing meals and snacks take a great deal of time for parents. Our au pairs assist with these chores, allowing our host families to spend more quality time with their children and spouses.

  • Quality of Life, Consistency and Less Stress: Eliminate the stress and uncertainty of childcare. Your au pair is there to care for your child, regardless of weather, school closings, or sick children.

  • Sense of Security and Company: Having an additional adult in the home provides extra support, particularly for families with single parents or busy spouse travel schedules. Au pairs offer adult company and valuable, consistent assistance.

  • Other Benefits: Special Needs: Children with special needs benefit from one-on-one interaction and focused attention. Au pairs assist with the special care needed. Less Administrative Demands: A domestic nanny requires a great deal of paperwork, as the parents virtually become the “employer.” Families that prefer in-home care and want to do it legally appreciate the au pair program for providing the same level of care for less money and much less administrative hassle. One host mom told us: “I did not want to become an employer. I don’t have the time to manage talent, taxes, FICA, medical insurance, unemployment, etc.” Travel: Having a familiar and reliable caregiver when traveling is invaluable. Families are able to better enjoy their vacations when they know their children are cared for by a person they trust.

The Au Pair International Program is more than childcare. The whole family benefits from this cultural exchange.

What Our Host Families Say

  • John - CO

    A little over two years ago, I lost my wife Patty to cancer. With a huge hole in our home from the loss of Patty, Svetlana stepped in and helped Bryce feel loved and cared for during a situation that is difficult to imagine and understand. She has seen us through many tears and sadness, but brought so much safety and comfort into our home. I honestly don’t know how we could have made it the past few years without her.
  • LindseyMary

    Lindsey - CA

    Mary Luisa or lulu as we call her entered our family at a challenging time in early July. I was 7 months pregnant and our son was starting to act out as he realized a new baby was on the way. Rocket met Mary and instantly fell in love. He was so excited his new best friend would be living in our house. From day one lulu stepped in and has been there for our son and helped make the new baby transition easier on the whole family.
  • Ornela

    Keith - MD

    It was a very terrifying thought for me to entrust my children to someone else, but I can say with whole hearted enthusiasm, we really "hit the jackpot" with Ornela. She has taken our twins from speaking greek words to being completely bilingual! To see the confidence and ability that they have is in a large part dedicated to her. We can truly see the pride and love that she has for Georgia and Peter. Ornela has really become a part of our family, not just an au pair.
  • NozomiStevenson

    The Stevenson Children - MD

    These past four months with our au pair have been the best experience ever! She even rode the Tower of Terror at Disney World with us three times. Tell us how many au pairs will do that for their host family kids! Our au pair is very special and we love her just like a family member. She does so much for our family and we just want to tell everyone how awesome she is to us!
  • Effie


    We feel fortunate as parents to have Effie in our family, especially in our busy lives when being away from home and the children during the day can often be very stressful. She makes our life easier, giving us the confidence that our kids are safe, in good hands and with the right direction!
  • Lissy

    Audrey - FL

    Lissy has exceeded every expectation we had for an au pair and has become just like another family member. I have said time and time again that you guys must do an amazing job screening these applicants. Although now I would have a hard time doing this again because I don't know if we could ever top Lissy!
  • MaureenSatoko

    Maureen - MI

    We have had several au pairs in our home and we feel very glad and are very lucky that Satoko came to us. I don't want to jinx anything because this is only the second week but I can tell you that Satoko is golden. We are grateful to Au Pair International for introducing her to us!