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Rochester Au Pair Resources

Au Pair Ambassador Lolita M.

Hello and welcome! My name is Lolita and I am a Local Childcare Coordinator for GreatAuPair. I support both host families and au pairs to help them have a successful and memorable cultural exchange year. I can help introduce you to vetted and qualified au pairs. I know how extremely critical it is for parents to find loving, compassionate childcare for their precious little ones, not just for their peace of mind but also for the safety and well-being of their children. I look forward to helping you with your childcare needs and making new friends as more Host Families across the country join our life-changing au pair program! Please let me know how I can assist you. Sincerely, Lolita

Activities in Rochester

There is lots to do in Rochester! Here are just a few options:

The Strong Museum

One Manhattan Square Dr, Rochester, NY 14607 Rated 4.8 of 5 View map

Highland Park

180 Reservoir Ave, Rochester, NY 14620 Rated 4.7 of 5 View map

George Eastman Museum

900 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14607 Rated 4.7 of 5 View map

Ontario Beach Park

50 Beach Ave, Rochester, NY 14612 Rated 4.4 of 5 View map

Rochester Museum & Science Center

657 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14607 Rated 4.5 of 5 View map

Susan B. Anthony Museum & House

17 Madison St, Rochester, NY 14608 Rated 4.7 of 5 View map

Seabreeze Amusement Park

4600 Culver Rd, Rochester, NY 14622 Rated 4.5 of 5 View map

Memorial Art Gallery

500 University Ave, Rochester, NY 14607 Rated 4.8 of 5 View map

ARTISANworks

565 Blossom Rd # L, Rochester, NY 14610 Rated 4.7 of 5 View map

Durand Eastman Park

1200 Kings Hwy N, Rochester, NY 14617 Rated 4.5 of 5 View map

Lamberton Conservatory

180 Reservoir Ave, Rochester, NY 14620 Rated 4.8 of 5 View map

Cobb's Hill Park

80 Culver Rd, Rochester, NY 14610 Rated 4.6 of 5 View map

Turning Point Park

260 Boxart St, Rochester, NY 14612 Rated 4.7 of 5 View map

Mount Hope Cemetery

1133 Mt Hope Ave, Rochester, NY 14620 Rated 4.7 of 5 View map

Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse

70 Lighthouse St, Rochester, NY 14612 Rated 4.6 of 5 View map

High Falls

4 Commercial St, Rochester, NY 14614 Rated 4.5 of 5 View map

Strasenburgh Planetarium

663 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14607 Rated 3.9 of 5 View map

Seneca Park Zoo

2222 St Paul St, Rochester, NY 14621 Rated 4.5 of 5 View map

Genesee Valley Park

1000 E River Rd, Rochester, NY 14623 Rated 4.5 of 5 View map

Susan B. Anthony Square

31 Madison St, Rochester, NY 14608 Rated 4.5 of 5 View map

Rochester Transportation

We've got transportation options!

Glide & Bergen

Rochester View map

Glide & Otis

Rochester View map

Glide & 980 Glide

Rochester View map

First Student Inc

73 Bickford St, Rochester View map

LINQ

1553 Lyell Ave, Rochester View map

First Student

1555 Lyell Ave, Rochester View map

First Student

455 Adirondack St, Rochester View map

Genesee Transportation Council

50 W Main St #8112, Rochester View map

Transit Center

60 St Paul St, Rochester View map

US FAA

1 Airport Way #110, Rochester View map

New York Department of Transportation - Rochester, NY

1530 Jefferson Rd, Rochester View map

Rochester Accredited Schools

Check out these great educational opportunities:

University of Rochester

Rochester Rated 4.3 of 5 View map

University of Rochester School of Nursing

255 Crittenden Blvd, Rochester Rated 4.6 of 5 View map

SUNY Empire State College

680 Westfall Rd, Rochester Rated 4.2 of 5 View map

Rochester Institute of Technology

1 Lomb Memorial Dr, Rochester Rated 4.3 of 5 View map

Wegmans School of Pharmacy

St. John Fisher College, 3690 East Ave, Rochester Rated 4 of 5 View map

Nursing Department

Nazareth College, N Campus Dr, Rochester Rated 2 of 5 View map

Roberts Wesleyan College

2301 Westside Dr, Rochester Rated 4.1 of 5 View map

The College at Brockport

350 New Campus Dr, Brockport Rated 4 of 5 View map

Rochester Driver's License

Here are some places to get a driver's license:

Rochester DMV Office

200 E Main St, Rochester, NY 14604 Rated 3.6 of 5 View map

Irondequoit DMV Office

545 Titus Ave, Rochester, NY 14617 Rated 3.3 of 5 View map

Greece DMV Office

152 Greece Ridge Center Dr, Rochester, NY 14626 Rated 2.9 of 5 View map

Mobile DMV - Gates Town Hall

1605 Buffalo Rd, Gates, NY 14624 Rated 5 of 5 View map

Henrietta DMV Office

2199 E Henrietta Rd, Rochester, NY 14623 Rated 2.4 of 5 View map

Laidlaw Training Center

455 Adirondack St, Rochester, NY 14606 Rated 0 of 5 View map

New York State

620 Westfall Rd, Rochester, NY 14620 Rated 5 of 5 View map

Westside Monroe Mobile DMV Chili Office

3333 Chili Ave, Rochester, NY 14624 Rated 2.6 of 5 View map

Eastside Monroe DMV Office

317 Main St, East Rochester, NY 14445 Rated 2.5 of 5 View map

Auto License Bureau

2199 E Henrietta Rd, Rochester, NY 14623 Rated 1.7 of 5 View map

Rochester Traffic Violations Bureau

200 E Main St, Rochester, NY 14604 Rated 2.4 of 5 View map

Monroe County Mobile DMV Office

3100 Atlantic Ave, Penfield, NY 14526 Rated 1 of 5 View map

Monroe County Government Office

39 W Main St, Rochester, NY 14614 Rated 4.3 of 5 View map

New York State Department of Motor Vehicles

980 Ridge Rd, Webster, NY 14580 Rated 2 of 5 View map

Mobile DMV

1350 Turk Hill Rd, Fairport, NY 14450 Rated 2.9 of 5 View map

Monroe County Solid Waste

1845 Emerson St, Rochester, NY 14606 Rated 0 of 5 View map

Monroe County Legislature Majority Office

39 W Main St, Rochester, NY 14614 Rated 0 of 5 View map

Emerson And Glide Road Test Site

891-945 Emerson St, Rochester, NY 14606 Rated 1.4 of 5 View map

Monroe County Clerk’s Mobile Service

11 S Main St, Pittsford, NY 14534 Rated 5 of 5 View map

NY road test - East Rochester location

100-110 Garfield St, East Rochester, NY 14445 Rated 4.1 of 5 View map

Why host an au pair?

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Culturally rich, yet so affordable.

For as little as $1703 per month*, you get experienced live-in childcare 45 hours per week. Plus, you could qualify for a childcare tax credit up to $6,000.

  • Affordable at just $393/week*
  • Flexible care when you need it
  • Experienced with 1,200+ hours
  • Dependable live-in childcare
  • Legal J-1 visa, up to 2 years
  • Trusted by families since 2001
*Participants are free to agree to compensation higher than the legally applicable minimum au pair stipend, which must comply with all legal requirements, including the Fair Labor Standards Act and U.S. Department of State regulations. Au pairs can provide no more than 10 hours of childcare per day and 45 hours per week.

Common Au Pair Questions

Au pairs participating in the U.S. Au Pair Program are young adults between the ages of 18 and 26 who come to the United States and live as an extended member of their host family while also completing 6 credit hours of school. An au pair provides up to 45 hours per week of live-in childcare in exchange for a private room, board and a minimum weekly stipend. Au pairs expose families to other cultures, languages and customs, offering valuable cross-cultural experience.

Because au pairs are visiting the U.S. as an exchange visitor on a federal exchange program that allows them to provide childcare, they represent one of the most affordable childcare and cultural exchange programs available, especially for families with more than one child.

A nanny is strictly a domestic employee whereby an au pair is a participant in a federally sponsored cultural exchange program. An au pair is welcomed and treated as a member of your extended family. Children receive an enriching cultural experience that is not always available from a nanny.

An au pair must meet specific criteria to participate in a government-sponsored Au Pair Program. In the United States, au pairs must be between the ages of 18-26 with demonstrable childcare experience, who come to the U.S. to stay with a family for a cultural exchange experience for one year. Au pairs typically don't make a career out of childcare work as nannies more often do.

Many families and au pairs participate in government authorized au pair exchange programs where there are defined rules and requirements. See Family Requirements or Au Pair Requirements for more information. The relationship between a nanny and family is that of employer and employee, not governed by the regulations of a federal exchange program.

Nannies are not required to meet the strict vetting, experience and training requirements of the Au Pair Program. Nannies are not necessarily seeking a cultural exchange experience, rather, it may be more of a career-building experience in childcare they are seeking.

An au pair visiting the US through a legitimate Au Pair Program sponsor designated by the US Department of State will be issued a J-1 Au Pair Visa that is valid for one year and may be extended for a second year. Afte the second year, the au pair must return home. The au pair may reapply to the Au Pair Program again after two years if she or he is still eligible.

In exchange for room, board, and a weekly stipend, your au pair will work for up to 45 hours a week helping you calm temper tantrums, conquering your kid's laundry, assisting with morning and bedtime routines, whipping up kids' meals and school lunches, solving burning math questions, transporting kids to school and activities, playing and having fun, and most importantly providing you with the satisfaction of knowing you can count on the best childcare possible.

For most parents, there simply aren't enough hours in the day to cross everything off the continuous 'to do' list, let alone have fun with your children, and find free time for yourself. It's a different story with an au pair. Not only will an au pair play with and supervise the kids, she will also help you with all child-related tasks:

  • Preparing meals and cleaning up afterwards
  • Making school lunches
  • Help with bathtime
  • Driving kids to school and activities
  • Helping with homework and tutoring
  • Doing kids' laundry
  • Keeping kids' rooms tidy and organized
  • Other specific duties as related to caring for the kids in your family

You might notice that au pairs are not responsible for heavy housework, yardwork, pet care, laundry, or meals for the entire family. However, they are also members of the family, as such you may ask them to participate in general household responsibilities that are shared among family members.

An au pair cannot be left as the sole-caregiver in charge of the children and household while host parents are out of town. Au pairs cannot work more than 10 hours a day which includes sleeping hours if they are responsible for the children. You should have another responsible adult available to relieve the au pair and assist with the overall management of the household in your absence.

Most au pairs are interested in getting out and socializing and going to school in their free time. Our experience is that placements are most successful if night shifts are avoided.

GreatAuPair does not determine au pair compensation. Au pair compensation is negotiated and decided upon between the au pair (the employee) and the host family (the Employer). The U.S. Department of State, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor has set the legally applicable federal minimum weekly au pair stipend at $195.75, subject to the FLSA, however, au pairs and host families are free to agree upon au pair compensation that may be higher than the legally applicable federal minimum au pair stipend.

The minimum weekly au pair stipend for the U.S. Au Pair Program is directly connected to the U.S. federal minimum wage. The minimum Au Pair stipend is based on the U.S. Department of Labor's formula that includes credit for the room and board Host Families provide for their Au Pairs. The room and board credit currently is 40% of an au pair's credited compensation.

If an au pair was to work 45 hours per week for 51 weeks at the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour that would result in $16,638.75. If you subtract the 40% room and board credit from that amount, then the result is $9,983.25, which is then divided by 51 weeks, which results in $195.75.

Department of State regulations strictly prohibit an au pair from working more than 45 hours a week and 10 hours a day. Even if your au pair would like to earn the extra money for extra hours, it is strictly prohibited.

No, an au pair can only live with and work for one family.

No, au pairs are not permitted to work for other families.

Many families find that having their au pair accompany them on vacation is a great way to gain some extra free time and enjoy a second set of hands. Plus, your au pair benefits by having a rewarding and fun experience with your family. If an au pair accompanies you on a family vacation, the hours worked are counted and she continues to earn her stipend. An au pair should not be held responsible for costs associated with the family vacation other than special purchases/entertainment, etc. that the au pair chooses.

If you are traveling outside of the United States, it is your responsibility to check with that country's embassy to find out any visa regulations that might apply to your au pair. Your au pair will also need to submit her DS-2019 form to GreatAuPair for signature well in advance of the travel dates. The signature by a Responsible Officer at GreatAuPair demonstrates the au pair is in good standing on the au pair program and is necessary for re-entry to the United States.

Au pairs in their extension year may not be able to leave the country, as their original 12-month visa may have expired. Please be sure to check with GreatAuPair before leaving the country with an au pair on her extension year.

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