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Kingwood Au Pair Resources

Au Pair Ambassador Michele B.

Welcome to GreatAuPair USA! My name is Michele and I am a Local Childcare Coordinator for the greater Kingwood area, located just north of Houston. I work with host families and au pairs to help them have a successful and memorable cultural exchange experience. My passion for cultural exchange began when I was an exchange student for a year in Denmark during high school. My passion continued when I studied a semester of college in Mexico. I enjoy living in the Houston area and particularly enjoy the diversity. Check out the links above to Houston area information, resources, and highlights. This is a great place for au pairs to experience life in the United States! I know how critical it is for parents to find loving, compassionate childcare, but also to expose their children to new cultures and languages. Your au pair is not just a childcare provider, but a member of your family and like an older sibling to your child(ren). I look forward to helping you with your childcare needs, and to making new friends as more Host Families across the country join us, especially in Houston! Sincerely, Michele

Activities in Kingwood

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

Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center

20634 Kenswick Dr, Humble, TX 77338 Rated 4.7 of 5 View map

East End Park

Kingwood, TX 77345 Rated 4.6 of 5 View map

Old MacDonald's Farm

3203 FM 1960, Humble, TX 77338 Rated 4.3 of 5 View map

Humble Museum

219 E Main St, Humble, TX 77338 Rated 4.1 of 5 View map

Lake Houston Wilderness Park

25840 FM 1485, New Caney, TX 77357 Rated 4.6 of 5 View map

River Grove Park

Woodland Hills Dr, Kingwood, TX 77339 Rated 4.1 of 5 View map

Mercer Botanic Gardens

22306 Aldine Westfield Rd, Humble, TX 77338 Rated 4.7 of 5 View map

Lindsay/Lyons Park and Sports Complex

2310 Atascocita Road, Humble, TX 77396 Rated 4.4 of 5 View map

National Museum of Funeral History

415 Barren Springs Dr, Houston, TX 77090 Rated 4.7 of 5 View map

Pundt Park

4129 Spring Creek Dr, Spring, TX 77373 Rated 4.7 of 5 View map

Spring Creek Greenway

Spring, TX 77373 Rated 4.7 of 5 View map

Houston Museum of Natural Science

5555 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030 Rated 4.8 of 5 View map

Downtown Aquarium

410 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002 Rated 4.1 of 5 View map

Main Event Humble

20945 Spring Creek Crossing, Humble, TX 77338 Rated 4.3 of 5 View map

Hurricane Harbor Splashtown

21300 Interstate 45 N, Spring, TX 77373 Rated 4.2 of 5 View map

Discovery Green

1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010 Rated 4.7 of 5 View map

Sam Houston Park

1000 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002 Rated 4.5 of 5 View map

Riva Row Boat House

2101 Riva Row, The Woodlands, TX 77380 Rated 4.6 of 5 View map

Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park

2800 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056 Rated 4.6 of 5 View map

Old Town Spring

403 Main St, Spring, TX 77373 Rated 4.6 of 5 View map

Kingwood Transportation

We've got transportation options!

Kingwood Park & Ride

Houston View map

Townsen PR

Humble View map

Texas Department of Transportation

7900 Will Clayton Pkwy, Humble View map

Roadrunner Freight

8411 Humble Westfield Rd, Humble View map

TxDOT North Harris Area Engineer And Maintenance Facility

16803 Eastex Fwy, Houston View map

US Federal Aviation Administration

18700 John F Kennedy Blvd #208, Houston View map

AFC Transportation

15734 Aldine Westfield Rd, Houston View map

East Harris Maintenance Facility

7303 Mesa Dr, Houston View map

Brazos Transit District

700 Westridge Dr, Spring View map

US Transportation Department

9640 Clinton Dr, Houston View map

Transport Workers Union

2000 N Loop W, Houston View map

Transportation Department

6810 Old Katy Rd, Houston View map

West Central Harris Area Engineer And Maintenance Facility

14838 Northwest Fwy, Houston View map

Kingwood Accredited Schools

Check out these great educational opportunities:

Commonwealth Institute-Funeral

415 Barren Springs Dr, Houston Rated 4.1 of 5 View map

Continuing Education

5800 Uvalde Rd, Houston Rated 3 of 5 View map

Grace School of Theology

3705 College Park Dr, The Woodlands Rated 5 of 5 View map

University of Houston

4800 Calhoun Rd, Houston Rated 4.1 of 5 View map

University of St. Thomas

3800 Montrose Blvd, Houston Rated 4.2 of 5 View map

Rice University

6100 Main St, Houston Rated 4.5 of 5 View map

University-Tx Health Science

6431 Fannin St, Houston Rated 3 of 5 View map

Rice University: Foreign Language Program

6100 Main St # Ms550, Houston Rated 4.7 of 5 View map

Chamberlain University College of Nursing

11025 Equity Dr, Houston Rated 3.2 of 5 View map

Kingwood Driver's License

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

Texas Department of Transportation

7900 Will Clayton Pkwy, Humble, TX 77338 Rated 3 of 5 View map

Texas Department of Public Safety

7710 Will Clayton Pkwy, Humble, TX 77338 Rated 2.2 of 5 View map

Montgomery County Vehicle Registration

21130 US-59, New Caney, TX 77357 Rated 4.4 of 5 View map

Harris County

20131 Aldine Westfield Rd, Humble, TX 77338 Rated 1 of 5 View map

TxDOT North Harris Area Engineer And Maintenance Facility

16803 Eastex Fwy, Houston, TX 77032 Rated 3.3 of 5 View map

Texas Department of Public Safety Driver License Mega Center

8418 Veterans Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77088 Rated 3.8 of 5 View map

Montgomery County Vehicle Registration

1520 Lake Front Circle Suite 100 The Woodlands, Spring, TX 77380 Rated 3.9 of 5 View map

Harris County Clerk Annex

7900 Will Clayton Pkwy, Humble, TX 77338 Rated 3.2 of 5 View map

Transportation Department

16803 Eastex Fwy, Houston, TX 77008 Rated 0 of 5 View map

Motor Vehicle Theft Division

804 N Fwy Service Rd, Conroe, TX 77304 Rated 0 of 5 View map

Montgomery County Tax Office

21130 US-59, New Caney, TX 77357 Rated 3.8 of 5 View map

Harris County WCID

23003 Banquo Dr, Spring, TX 77373 Rated 1 of 5 View map

Why host an au pair?

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Culturally rich, yet so affordable.

For as little as $778 per month*, you get experienced live-in childcare 45 hours per week. Plus, you could qualify for a childcare tax credit up to $5,000.

  • Affordable at just $778/month*
  • 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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