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Are you a busy parent living in New Jersey juggling work, personal life, and the ever-demanding role of childcare? Ever thought about hosting an au pair in New Jersey? An au pair is much more than a babysitter and can bring more to the table than you might think. An au pair can provide cultural exchange to your children in an increasingly globalized world, offer flexible scheduling to cover you during that grueling New Jersey commute, and offer a host of other benefits to make your life easier while enriching it at the same time.

New Jersey Areas that Au Pair USA Serves*

ChathamChesterCherry Hill
ClosterEssex FellsHaddonfield
Fair LawnFairfieldHolmdel
Franklin LakesGilletteMillburn
MillingtonMontclairNew Providence
RidgewoodScotch PlainsShort Hills
SummitWest OrangeWyckoff
CheeverlyGlen RidgeHackettstown
Haddon HeightsHo Ho KusLawrence Township
MoorestownNutleyOld Tappan
OradellParsippany-Troy HillsPittstown
SkillmanSouth OrangeVerona
WarrenWashington TownshipWatchung
WayneWest New YorkWestfield
  • Chatham
  • Cherry Hill
  • Haddonfield
  • Holmdel
  • Millburn
  • Montclair
  • New Providence
  • Ridgewood
  • Scotch plains
  • Short Hills
  • Summit
  • West Orange
  • Wyckoff

*This list is not exhaustive. Not sure if your Jersey-area community is covered? Contact us today to find out!

On-the-ground Support for Host Families & Au Pairs in New Jersey

For over 30 years, Au Pair USA by InterExchange has offered superior au pair childcare service to hundreds of families throughout the Garden State. Our knowledgeable and responsive Local Coordinators allow us to provide personalized au pair service from Bergen County to the Philly ‘burbs… and even the controversial Central Jersey. Hosting an au pair gives you live-in childcare coverage while offering a curious young person the unique opportunity to be fully immersed in one of the most unique and diverse centers of American culture.

Au Pair USA’s New Jersey Support


Tara Cavanagh

Local Coordinator for host families and au pairs in Union County, NJ.


Elisa Bowens

Local Coordinator for host families and au pairs in the Montclair area.


Alexis Cherry

Local Coordinator for host families and au pairs in Monmouth County and the surrounding area.


Katie Bryan

Local Coordinator for host families and au pairs in southwest New Jersey and Philadelphia.


Kavita Morris

Local Coordinator for host families and au pairs in Princeton and neighboring towns.


Serena Edoh

Local Coordinator for host families and au pairs in Morris County and the surrounding area.


Laura Wynn

Local Coordinator for host families and au pairs in northern New Jersey.


Dawn Middleton

Regional Supervisor

Contact Dawn

Corrie Whitty

Placement Specialist

Contact Corrie

Hosting an Au Pair in New Jersey - Cost

With New Jersey consistently ranking among the most expensive states to live in, the cost of daycare or preschool can be overwhelming, especially if you have more than one child. Hiring an au pair in New Jersey can alleviate some of that financial stress, and the cost is the same regardless of the number of children in your home.

Learn more about au pair costs and exclusive Au Pair USA discounts.

Au Pair New Jersey Participant Resources

When it was too cold to head Down The Shore, where else are New Jersey au pairs to go?

As a host family, the relationship between you and your au pair is much deeper than hiring a nanny or other childcare provider. You are both a cultural ambassador and an extended family for these young adults as they experience the United States. Here are a few resources to get your au pair’s program year started off right:

New Jersey Au Pair Education Classes

The U.S. Department of State requires that au pair participants complete at least six semester hours (or their equivalent) of academic credit in formal educational settings at accredited U.S. post-secondary institutions. Here are a few recommendations from former au pairs for Atlanta-area institutions to fulfill the au pair education requirements.

Education Resources in New Jersey:

Please refer to the following Colleges/University sites for respective in-person course information:

Au Pair weekend travel courses:

Frequent Questions About Hiring an Au Pair in Georgia

An au pair is a young person from abroad between the ages of 18 and 26 who joins your family for a year and provides child care assistance. Au pair are motivated by a desire to experience life in America, improve their education, and make a difference in your children's lives. This mutually beneficial relationship gives host parents live-in childcare coverage while offering au pairs a unique opportunity to be fully immersed in American culture.

An au pair comes to the US to live as a member of your family. They are motivated by a desire to experience life as part of your American family while providing childcare to your children. They will often join your family for meals and activities outside of their scheduled work hours. While all au pairs have childcare experience and training, they are not professional caregivers making a career out of childcare. On the other hand, US-based nannies typically work a set schedule and travel to your home each day to provide childcare. They are not typically motivated by a desire to experience cultural exchange or participate in family activities outside of their work hours. As professional caregivers, the cost of hiring a nanny can be more expensive than hosting an au pair.

Au Pair USA by InterExchange is designated by the US Department of State to operate the Au Pair Program. The Au Pair Program is overseen by the Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs as part of their BridgeUSA portfolio of programs. Like the other Bridge USA program, the Au Pair Program is primarily a cultural exchange program designed to enhance the United States's foreign policy and public diplomacy objectives.

Depending on your family’s needs and timing, it can take as little as a few days to find a match once you start the interviewing process. Our au pair screening process pairs you with au pairs who are ready to interview, and new au pairs become available regularly. We’d be happy to speak with you about your needs and timing to help you find your ideal candidate.

We are here to help guide you through the interview process so that you can find an au pair that you are excited about hosting and who has the necessary skills to care for your children. Our Interview Guide makes the process easy and straightforward.

We are very selective about who is accepted into our program. Our au pair screening process involves each au pair completing an extensive application and undergoing a thorough background check in addition to an in-person interview. This information is available to families during the matching process.

Yes. When it comes to the most important information for an Au Pair application, the ability to speak conversational English is required in order to qualify for the program. InterExchange verifies each applicant’s English abilities during the application process. You will also have the opportunity to interview potential au pairs to make sure you are comfortable with their English abilities. You will be surprised at how quickly an au pair’s English improves once in the U.S.

Yes, many of our au pairs are qualified and enjoy caring for infants. Au pairs may not be the sole caregiver until the child is at least three months old.

Yes, we do have au pairs who are experienced caring for a variety of special needs situations. Please contact us to discuss your care needs and inquire about au pair availability.

Yes, male au pairs are a great option for some families. Families choosing a male au pair often have boys and are looking for a big brother to join the family.

Most au pair applicants have a valid driver’s license. If an au pair is a driver, they will be required to obtain an international driver’s license prior to their arrival to the U.S. During your interview, you may ask the au pair about the extent of his or her driving experience. If the au pair will be driving your car, be sure to contact your auto insurance company to add the au pair to your auto insurance policy. Additionally, many states require the au pair to obtain a license from the local DMV.

InterExchange is proud to sponsor amazing au pairs from over 25 countries. Aged 18 to 26, our au pairs are motivated by their love of working with children and their desire to experience living in the United States. We source au pairs directly through our network of international partners who specialize in travel and cultural exchange programs. Every au pair goes through an extensive application, interview, and background check process in order to qualify for the program.

The Au Pair USA program allows au pairs to provide childcare to host families while earning money and participating in a true cultural exchange experience. Our au pairs are excited to travel to the U.S., improve their English, and experience American culture.

Before arriving in the U.S., au pairs attend Au Pair USA’s Online Academy. The 32-hour curriculum includes courses in Child Development, Pediatric and Adult CPR and First Aid Training, American Culture, Life as an Au Pair, Personal Safety, and other important topics.
Our Online Academy is custom-designed for au pairs and uses a variety of training methods, including live sessions with Au Pair USA staff, videos, online courses, and offline activities. The Online Academy meets the Department of State’s training requirements.

Au Pair USA arranges and pays for au pairs to travel from their home country to your local community. Families who match with an au pair who is already in the U.S. are responsible for arranging and paying for the au pair’s travel to their home. Upon successful completion of the au pair’s program, Au Pair USA will coordinate the au pair’s return travel.

All au pairs come to the U.S. on the J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa, which is a non-immigrant visa granted by the U.S. Department of State. InterExchange functions as the visa sponsor for the au pair and will guide the au pair on how to apply for a J-1 au pair visa at the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.

No. Au Pair USA cannot guarantee that an au pair will receive a J-1 visa. The issuance of J-1 visas is the responsibility of the U.S. State Department. Embassy Consular Officers are responsible for making the decision to grant or deny a J-1 visa to an applicant. Our application process is designed to ensure that au pairs meet program requirements in order to be eligible to apply for a J-1 visa.

Au pairs initially come to the U.S. on a 12-month J-1 au pair visa and can extend for an additional 6, 9, or 12 months, allowing a family to benefit from up to two years of live-in childcare from the same au pair. At the end of their program, au pairs have a 30-day travel grace period in which they can remain in the U.S. (They are not permitted to work during this time.)

Yes. A pre-match is when a host family and au pair find each other outside of Au Pair USA’s matching platform. We can accommodate pre-matches as long as both the au pair and host family meet program eligibility requirements. Learn more about our pre-match process.

Yes, au pairs usually pay a fee to participate in the program. Program fees vary depending on the au pair’s country of origin. The au pair program is generally considered an affordable cultural exchange option since the au pair earns a weekly stipend and receives room and board from the host family.

All InterExchange au pairs have accident and sickness insurance that meets the U.S. Department of State’s requirements for the program. Au pairs have access to a network of physicians and medical providers while on the program. Coverage and exclusion details are outlined in the insurance materials provided to the au pair. Au pairs have an option to upgrade their insurance coverage for an additional fee at the start of their program.

During their time in the U.S., au pairs are required to complete six semester hours of classroom credit at an accredited post-secondary institution. (Online courses do not count.) Host families agree to provide au pairs with up to $500 towards completing the educational requirements of the program. Your Local Coordinator can assist the au pair with finding classes that will meet these requirements.

Our incredible network of caring Local Coordinators are committed to cultural exchange and helping our families and au pairs have a successful experience. If you feel something isn’t working or have a problem, please contact your Local Coordinator for advice and assistance. In many instances, issues between families and au pairs can be resolved by talking through a situation. If a situation isn’t able to be resolved, our team will work closely with you and your au pair.

No, the program is designed for an au pair to live with and care for one family’s children. Au pairs are not permitted to have employment outside of their host family.

Au pairs love to travel and explore new places while on the program. They can be a big help to traveling families. You’ll need to ensure that your au pair has private accommodations during your travels and that the au pair’s visa allows her/him to leave and re-enter the U.S. if traveling internationally. Au pairs should check the visa requirements of the countries being visited.

Au pairs are generally non-resident aliens, and therefore their host families would be exempt from paying federal unemployment taxes on their au pair wages. However, in extremely rare cases, an au pair who had previously been in the United States as a student, teacher, trainee or researcher in F, J, M or Q non-immigrant status might be considered a resident alien during their current stay in the United States. If this is the case you should consult with a tax professional to determine your reporting and withholding obligations.

The answer depends upon the state in which you reside. Due to the fact that an employee-employer relationship exists between the host family and au pair, the family is responsible for determining whether Workers’ Compensation insurance or any other insurance is mandatory under federal, state and/or local laws. Your homeowner’s insurance company may be able to assist you in answering this question.

An InterExchange staff member is always on call to assist with emergency situations involving the health, safety, and welfare of our participants. Call 1-917-373-0717 and follow the instructions for assistance.

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