In a Time of Economic Crisis, Families Appreciate a "Peace of Mind Guarantee"

An Affordable Childcare Solution with Financial Safeguard

Tampa, FL, March 07, 2009 --( Cultural Care Au Pair, the leading provider of intercultural childcare in the United States announced the launch of a brand new program that will help to safeguard its host families’ finances: The “Peace of Mind Guarantee” ( The guarantee stipulates that if one of their host parents is subject to an involuntary termination from a job and consequently makes the decision to withdraw from the program, Cultural Care Au Pair will guarantee a pro-rated refund of all unused program weeks.

Says Cultural Care Au Pair President, David Fougere, “Now isn’t the time to put more pressure on parents who rely on our program for their childcare solution - families need us more than ever because of our affordability. Our “Peace of Mind Guarantee” will hopefully ease families’ concerns about making a commitment to a year-long program. In fact, we’ve taken many steps to help families in these tough economic times. While other au pair programs are raising their fees, we are holding our prices at 2008 levels for 2009. We have also adjusted our payment plan and reduced the initial deposit so the upfront costs are more manageable. And, we will be offering greater discounts to both new and repeat families throughout the year so many families will be paying even less than they paid last year.”

Thousands of parents across the country rely on au pairs to fulfill their need for affordable childcare. The average weekly cost of au pair care averages about $320 regardless of the number of children in the family, far less than parents might pay for daycare or a nanny. In fact, a report recently published by the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) called Parents and the High Price of Child Care: 2008 Update reveals that the average price of full-time care for one infant in a center was as high as $14,591 a year, which is comparable to the au pair program but covers the cost of just one child. For families with two or more children, au pair childcare makes the most sense financially.

Claudette Roehl, local coordinator for Cultural Care in Tampa, has already seen the impact of Cultural Care Au Pair’s decision to launch this new program. “Families I talk to have been nervous about signing up for a whole year if they aren’t sure what the future holds as far as their jobs and family finances go. They realize that hosting an au pair is what makes sense right now, but what about in 3 months, or 6 months down the road? I’ve since called those families to tell them about our “Peace of Mind Guarantee” and it’s exactly what they want to hear. They just want to know that if their situation changes, they’ll be protected.”

Local families interested in learning more about the au pair program can contact Claudette Roehl at 813-494-3686 or visit for additional information on the Cultural Care Au Pair program.

About Cultural Care Au Pair
Cultural Care Au Pair is the leading provider of intercultural childcare in the United States. Now in its 20th year, Cultural Care Au Pair has placed more than 75,000 au pairs in welcoming American homes since 1989. A U.S. Department of State regulated program, Cultural Care Au Pair is headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., with an extensive network of recruitment, screening and orientation offices worldwide and more than 600 local coordinators across the U.S. For more information about hosting an au pair, visit or call 800-333-6056.

Cultural Care Au Pair
Claudette Roehl