Host Families


Au Pair International supports current and prospective host families.  As the Area Director, I am your local resource and am available to work with your family at anytime to support you.

Current Host Families

My goal is to serve as your main point of contact throughout your Au Pair International hosting experience, answer your questions or concerns any time you have them, and be a local resource for your au pair and family.

The First Month

During the first month with your au pair, it is extremely beneficial to the partnership if you can assist your au pair in navigating the following:

Mark your Calendar for Host Family Day

Host Family Day is October 15, 2017 at Gasworks Park Picnic Shelter 1 from 11:00 – 1:00 pm.  We are carving pumpkins and creating festive October crafts with the kids.  Please bring your own pumpkins and carving utensils.  I will have cider, snacks, and crafts for the kids. I’d love to see you there!

Prospective Host Families

In addition to being a flexible and affordable childcare solution, hosting an au pair can be an incredible cultural experience for your whole family.  There is excellent information for prospective host families about the au pair childcare option on the Au Pair International Host Family pages.  Here is the basic information:

  • Au Pairs offer live-in childcare and have the flexibility to care for your children at the times that accommodate your family’s schedule.
    • Au pairs come to the US on a 12 month J-1 Visa with the opportunity to extend for 6, 9, or 12 months once they have successfully completed their first program year.
    • Au Pairs are between 18 to 26 years old, are proficient in conversational English, have a minimum of 200 hours of documented child care experience, and have successfully passed a detailed background investigation.
    • Au Pairs may provide childcare (for any number of children) and light housework (child related) for the host family for up to 45 hours per week and up to 10 hour per day.
  • An Au Pair costs $7.20/hour ($324/week) including the weekly Au Pair stipend and program fee.
    • Au Pairs are paid a weekly stipend of $195.75 (or higher depending on the family needs/Au Pair qualifications).
    • Host families also pay up to $500 per candidate per year toward the cost of the au pair’s required academic course work.
    • In summary, the costs in addition to the $7.20/hour ($324/week) are the annual education credit of $500 and the costs associated with room/board.
  • I plan monthly gatherings for Au Pairs and an annual Host Family day for everyone to get together.

As your local resource, I would love to speak with you about your questions or concerns. Contact me anytime!


Dawn Wiggin Esselstrom / Area Director – Seattle, WA / 206-920-5559

Au Pair International
Office: 720-221-3563 / Fax: 720-221-0724
4450 Arapahoe Ave, Suite 100, Boulder, Colorado 80303