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Tacoma Au Pair Resources

Au Pair Ambassador Erika C.

Hello and welcome! My name is Erika 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, Erika

Activities in Tacoma

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

Lakewold Gardens

12317 Gravelly Lake Dr SW, Lakewood, WA 98499 Rated 4.6 of 5 View map

American Lake Park

9222 Veterans Dr SW, Lakewood, WA 98498 Rated 4.3 of 5 View map

Fort Steilacoom Park

8714 87th Ave SW, Lakewood, WA 98498 Rated 4.7 of 5 View map

Debbie Dolittle's Indoor Petting Zoo

120 138th St S, Tacoma, WA 98444 Rated 4.2 of 5 View map

Steilacoom Historical Museum

1801 Rainier St, Steilacoom, WA 98388 Rated 4.8 of 5 View map

Harry Todd Park

8928 N Thorne Ln SW, Lakewood, WA 98498 Rated 4.1 of 5 View map

Seeley Lake Park

9200 Lakewood Dr SW, Lakewood, WA 98499 Rated 3.5 of 5 View map

Sunnyside Beach Park

Steilacoom, WA 98388 Rated 4.6 of 5 View map

Wards Lake Park

2716 84th St S, Lakewood, WA 98499 Rated 3.7 of 5 View map

Springbrook Park

12601 Addison St SW, Lakewood, WA 98499 Rated 4.1 of 5 View map

Chambers Bay Golf Course

6320 Grandview Dr W, University Place, WA 98467 Rated 4.5 of 5 View map

Museum of Glass

1801 Dock St, Tacoma, WA 98402 Rated 4.5 of 5 View map

LeMay - America’s Car Museum

2702 E D St, Tacoma, WA 98421 Rated 4.7 of 5 View map

Historic Fort Steilacoom

9601 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood, WA 98498 Rated 4.8 of 5 View map

Washington State History Museum

1911 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402 Rated 4.6 of 5 View map

Tacoma Art Museum

1701 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402 Rated 4.6 of 5 View map

W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory

316 S G St, Tacoma, WA 98405 Rated 4.7 of 5 View map

Point Defiance Park

5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407 Rated 4.7 of 5 View map

Fort Steilacoom dog park

8804 Dresden Ln SW, Lakewood, WA 98498 Rated 4.7 of 5 View map

Chambers Creek Regional Park

6320 Grandview Dr W, University Place, WA 98467 Rated 4.8 of 5 View map

Tacoma Transportation

We've got transportation options!

Steilacoom Blvd SW & 87th Ave SW

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Steilacoom Blvd SW & 83rd AveSW

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Steilacoom Blvd SW & Hipkins Rd

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First Student Inc.

510 Chambers St, Steilacoom View map

Lakewood TC - Zone L

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TCC TC - Zone M

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Lakewood Station Bay 5

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Pacific Hwy at Bridgeport [nb]

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DOT Maintenance Office

11211 41st Ave SW, Tacoma View map

SR-512 Park & Ride

Lakewood View map

Tacoma Mall Transit Center

S 48th St, Tacoma View map

Tacoma Dome Station

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Central Transport

4920 20th St E, Tacoma View map

Browns Point Blvd & Mcmurray Rd NE

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Browns Point Blvd & 38th Ave NE

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SW Tahlequah Rd & Sr 163

Vashon View map

Nassau Ave NE & Inverness Dr NE

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Nassau Ave NE & Northshore Blvd NE

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Transportation Department

7912 Martin Way E # E, Olympia View map

Landstar Inway Inc

19301 87th Ave Ct E, Graham View map

Tacoma Accredited Schools

Check out these great educational opportunities:

Covenant Bible Seminary

10810 Gravelly Lake Dr SW, Lakewood Rated 4.9 of 5 View map

Clover Park Technical College

4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood Rated 3.7 of 5 View map

Tacoma Community College

6501 S 19th St, Tacoma Rated 3.6 of 5 View map

Crown College

8739 S Hosmer St, Tacoma Rated 1 of 5 View map

Pacific Lutheran University

12180 Park Ave S, Tacoma Rated 4.5 of 5 View map

Pacific Lutheran University Concierge Desk

Park Ave S, Tacoma Rated 1 of 5 View map

University of Washington Tacoma

1900 Commerce St, Tacoma Rated 4.4 of 5 View map

Brandman University

6242 Colorado Ave Room B-148, Joint Base Lewis-McChord Rated 0 of 5 View map

Pierce College At Fort Lewis

6242 Colorado Ave, Lewis Mcchord Rated 4 of 5 View map

Saint Martin's University

5000 Abbey Way SE, Lacey Rated 3.8 of 5 View map

South Seattle College

6000 16th Ave SW, Seattle Rated 3.9 of 5 View map

Seattle University

901 12th Ave, Seattle Rated 4.3 of 5 View map

Seattle University: College of Science & Engineering

901 12th Ave, Seattle Rated 1 of 5 View map

City University of Seattle

521 Wall St Suite 100, Seattle Rated 4 of 5 View map

Tacoma Driver's License

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

Lakewood Vehicle/Vessel Licensing

10102 Bristol Ave SW, Lakewood, WA 98499 Rated 3.3 of 5 View map

Tacoma Driver Licensing Office

6402 S Yakima Ave C, Tacoma, WA 98408 Rated 3.6 of 5 View map

Parkland Auto Licensing Inc

215 Garfield St S #1A, Tacoma, WA 98444 Rated 4.1 of 5 View map

Department of Licensing

2502 112th St E #200, Tacoma, WA 98445 Rated 3 of 5 View map

911 Driving School Lakewood

6020 Main St SW i, Lakewood, WA 98499 Rated 4.4 of 5 View map

Tacoma License & Title

6718 19th St W, University Place, WA 98466 Rated 3.8 of 5 View map

Pierce County Auditor Passport Office

2401 S 35th St, Tacoma, WA 98409 Rated 4.1 of 5 View map

Federal Way Driver Licensing Office

1617 S 324th St, Federal Way, WA 98003 Rated 3.5 of 5 View map

Pierce County

930 Tacoma Ave S, Tacoma, WA 98402 Rated 0 of 5 View map

WA State Department of Licensing

733 River Rd, Puyallup, WA 98371 Rated 2.8 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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