Quality childcare that fits your budget

Childcare in any form is a big investment—one that will influence your children’s development and your entire family’s peace of mind and happiness. In most areas, the cost of hosting an au pair is competitive when compared to hiring a nanny or using daycare. Sometimes, it’s less expensive! And what you enjoy as a host parent is tough to find elsewhere: flexibility in scheduling, a consistent, in-home childcare provider, exposure to a different culture and language and an extended family member for life.

Our host moms talk cost

Meet host moms Liz, Julie and Keegan to learn why they love hosting au pairs and what they think about au pair program costs.  

Ok—so how much is it really?

For easy comparison, the au pair program costs average about $1,760 per month—though payments are not made monthly, and host families may agree with their au pairs to pay a higher weekly stipend amount than the required minimum. As a host family, you may also incur additional costs, such as room and board for your au pair, additional insurance (if applicable), and any other “extras” that will help make your au pair’s time in the U.S. more enjoyable.

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Benefits of hosting an au pair

Up to 45 hours of care per week on a schedule you decide

An extended member of your family and parenting team

Help with household duties related to the children

An extra driver to transport kids to activities

Exposure to a different culture and language

A big sister or brother figure for your children

What our host families are saying

Now more than ever, our host families are feeling grateful for their au pairs. Parents credit their au pairs with helping them maintain balance and stay productive at work while providing a happy, healthy and culture-filled environment for their children.

“Cultural Care Au Pair made it easy to find a wonderful fit for our family and Giuli has been incredible. With her, we have achieved some work-life balance in our lives by having more flexibility. I’ve told others, it was like letting a little air out of the balloon—there’s no longer so much pressure on my shoulders all the time.”

— Rachel, host mom in NY

“Marco is our superhero. In a year of amazing challenge, he regularly saves the day. He makes our three boys smile, and he is a powerful role model. Having an au pair has been an incredible gift to our family.”

— Debbi, host mom in CA

“After initially starting with nanny care, we turned to Cultural Care Au Pair so that we could have an au pair live with us as part of our family. Laura joined our family over 2 years ago to care for our then 1-year-old twins. Laura has helped them to see joy in the world from music and dancing to coloring and art to playing in the park. With Laura’s guidance, they have great vocabulary, having learned English and Spanish.”

— David, host dad in FL

“Karima is such an incredible blessing and addition to our family. She has seamlessly become part of our family, quickly moving beyond the role of simply a childcare provider to a big sister, showering our boys with love and attention, showing real interest in their development and taking initiative above and beyond what is expected of her. She has also been a champion of cultural exchange, successfully teaching us how to make authentic French crepes, herself learning how to make traditional American and Nigerian dishes. Our relationship with Karima is something we will cherish always.”

— Chieze, host mom in MA

“Having a global family means that our children will grow up with a bigger view of the world! Our goal is for our kids to grow a global mindset, hearts of service, and to embrace all cultures.”

— Nicole, host mom in CA

“As two parents with full time, demanding careers, having an au pair has made all the difference for us. Having reliable, in home childcare with an au pair has allowed us to be the best at both work and at home with our baby. Additionally, it has been so fun getting to know our au pair, about her culture, and about her own family.”

— Ashmi, host mom in CA

“Reliable, affordable childcare for 4 young kids is nearly impossible to find. Cultural Care provides that and more. Our au pair is more than just a babysitter, she is family. She just melded into our family like it was totally normal for all of us, and our four kids took to her immediately.”

— Brittany, host mom in NC

We are here to help you

During your search for an au pair, your Matching Specialist will work with you to find candidates for you based on your criteria or simply act as a resource for help or advice. After you’re matched with an au pair, you’ll have support throughout the year from your Local Childcare Consultant (LCC) and Account Manager. 

Matching Specialist
Your Matching Specialist is responsible for helping you find and interview au pair candidates until you find your final match. They will talk with you to understand your family’s specific needs, search for candidates on your behalf, and guide you through the matching and interview process.
Local Childcare Consultant (LCC)
Your LCC is a Cultural Care representative who lives in your community and supports you and your au pair during the year. Your LCC will complete an in-home interview with your family before your au pair arrives, conduct an orientation after your au pair’s arrival to your home, and check in with you on a monthly basis. They may also help with the matching process.
Account Manager
Your Account Manager is available to answer all general questions about the program—including those related to your registration, au pair match, finances, host family account U.S. State Department regulations, and more.

The largest selection of pre-screened au pairs

Cultural Care Au Pair has the largest number of candidates year-round, all of whom must undergo a multi-step screening process. Meet some of our available au pairs below:

Andrea, 25, from Mexico
“I enjoy taking care of children because they are fun, real, and always smart. They are also learning new things about life every day, so I enjoy being part of that. I think all people matter—we’re all in the same world for a reason. The most special people in my life are my family and I hope to be a part of another one soon!”
Laryssa, 23, from Brazil
“I decided to become an au pair because since I was 9 years old, when my mother put me in an English course, I fell in love with the language. And over time, this wonderful country—it’s not just a place but a dream. I have all the love, affection and dedication to take care of your children and I will always do my best to have a good relationship at work and as a family.”
Natálie, 20, from Czechia
“I am a responsible, friendly, active person and if you ask my friends about my personality, they would probably say that I am cheerful, loving and I always try to be helpful. I would like to cook for you traditional Czech dishes, which you certainly never had. I believe I will build as strong relationship with your little ones as I have with my sister!”
Ana, 24, from Brazil
“I always had many dreams: go to college, learn new languages, experience new cultures and places, build my house and have a family. One day I will make all these dreams come true. I decided to start by becoming an au pair to improve my English and take care of children—it’s something I really like.”
Syrine, 18, from France
“I am very, very happy and grateful to have this opportunity. I love to discover new cultures and I hope to discover this with you! Throughout my young life I have always cared for children and I have always loved them. I think that sometimes you can learn a lot about life from them. They breathe the joy of life and fun and it is a pure happiness.”