January 28, 2024

Host an au pair in New York

Top insights from real families in the Empire State

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There’s no doubt about it: living in New York provides unbelievable opportunities and adventures. But whether your home is in the city, suburbs, or the spacious Adirondacks, quality childcare can be hard to come by—not to mention expensive—in this state. Luckily, Cultural Care Au Pair can match you with an au pair and guide you through the process from start to finish.

Our connection to New York goes back to our roots at Cultural Care Au Pair. In 1989, the very first group of au pairs came to New York from Sweden, marking the beginning of a relationship that’s continued for three decades. Today, with the help of Local Childcare Consultants (LCCs) throughout the state, we match hundreds of host families and au pairs in New York each year.

While our website has great information on the flexibility and savings a live-in au pair can provide, our host parents have shared first-hand insights about their experiences with au pairs in NY:

Your family will learn about a new culture

“One of the most touching things that Joana did to share her culture is that she made a German ver-sion of an advent calendar for our girls. She individually purchased and wrapped 24 gifts for the girls—12 for each girl—and made sure to keep everything fair and even. Each day during Decem-ber they look forward to opening the gifts with her.”

—Jill, host mom in Pelham, New York

You’ll love showing your au pair around your hometown, too

“We love sharing our customs with [our au pair Amparo] too—carving Jack-O’-Lanterns, watch-ing the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, decorating the Christmas tree, and starting meals with a kid-led prayer. She has even joined us (in costume) on a recent family scavenger hunt in NYC!”

—Megan, host mom in Thornwood, New York

You’ll rely on extra set of hands

“Our au pair Kelly is a lifesaver and is literally a member of the family. Not many people would take on twin nonverbal 2.5-year-old autistic boys and a 3-month-old baby girl. However, from the beginning she welcomed them with open arms. I realized she was perfect for us on day number one.”

—Luis, host dad in Richmond Hill, New York

Your kids will have a fun and caring companion

“[Our au pair Alina] has had such an influence on our children. She takes the time to help develop the kids—whether doing arts and crafts with them, helping them improve their reading, or practic-ing piano. She created a walk-to-school playlist that she and the kids jam to on the daily walk to school.”

—Nadia Krivickova, host mom in Pelham, New York

…and you might have a new friend, too

“This tired mom found a ready companion for a glass of wine, meal prep, and an evening movie. Together we have enjoyed every topping possible on French crêpes, trick-or-treated, road-tripped, blueberry-picked, explored, adventured, and lounged. Our crowning glory on our Thanksgiving table this year was French—potatoes will never taste as good as Emma’s gratin dauphinois! In 2023, we have trips planned to Seattle, the Adirondack Mountains, and Lake Tahoe!”

—Megan, host mom in Canandaigua, New York

The cold weather might be new for your au pair!

“[My daughter] Vivi loves to be outside even though it is freezing in NY now, and even though she is not used to the cold, Ju takes her out to play every day the weather permits because she knows how much loves it!”

—Veronica, host mom in Merrick, New York

An au pair’s care can exceed your expectations

“Alfonsina is not just an au pair, she is a wonderful caring, gentle, compassionate, intelligent hu-man being who always makes time for the people she loves, whether it is my children, her friends needing a visit, family calling from afar, or even just a meal together…she always makes time for what matters most.”

—Chiara, host mom in Larchmont, New York

To start searching for the perfect candidates to join your home in New York, register online and explore our available au pair profiles. As you begin this process, a Cultural Care Matching Specialist will reach out to learn about your personalized childcare needs.