Through the au pair program, au pairs and host families take part in a mutually rewarding, intercultural opportunity. Au pairs can continue their education while experiencing everyday life with an American family. Well-screened host families receive reliable childcare from responsible individuals who become part of the family.
Apex has a strong relationship with the U.S. Department of State and works to ensure that participants (both au pairs and host families) are fully compliant with program regulations and supports them in a way that encourages cultural exchange and program success.
The U.S. Department of State regulations state that:
- Both host parents must be American citizens or permanent residents
- Au pairs have a private bedroom
- English must be the primary language spoken in the home
- Au pairs can work up to 45 hours per week, and up to 10 hours per day
- Au pairs must have 1.5 days off each week and one full weekend off each month
- Au pairs must receive six credits (or 60 hours) of education at an accredited post secondary institution (such as a community college)
- Au pairs receive two weeks of paid vacation during their year-long program
- Au pairs receive full room and board and a weekly stipend from their host family
Apex operates within the regulations defined by the U.S. Department of State and it is important to us that both our social care professionals and host families are aware of these regulations. For more information, including a complete listing of program regulations, please visit the following links:
Special Needs Disclosure
apex is designated by the U.S. Department of State as an official au pair program sponsor in the USA. The U.S. Department of State does not define “special needs” and makes clear that host families, and not program sponsors, must identify their children's special needs and must make the selection of a caregiver based on their evaluation of the his/her skills, education, and/or training. Apex social care professionals are not intended to replace the services of other special care or education providers (such as therapists or teachers).