March 14, 2017

While finding the right childcare is challenging for every family, it is particularly challenging for families with children with special needs. Children with special needs require childcare that is geared toward their specific needs – and these needs can vary dramatically depending upon the child. How does a family determine the best childcare for their child with special needs? [...] Read More »

March 09, 2017

Last month, five documentary films were nominated for an Academy Award. These included films about refugees, the OJ Simpson Trial, the civil rights movement, race and the prison system – and autism. Though the film about autism – “Life Animated” – did not win, it received significant praise and won several other awards including Best Director for a Documentary and the Audience Award, both at the Sundance Film Festival. [...] Read More »

March 07, 2017

When you first meet Sarah Osburg, age 24, a professional au pair and preschool teacher in San Clemente, California, you might think she’s a native California girl – at least until you hear her German accent. Sarah’s ease in the U.S. is due in part to this being her second time living and working in the U.S. as an au pair. She is one of a small number of au pairs who repeat the program again after returning to their home countries – a “returning au pair.” [...] Read More »

March 01, 2017

The IRS tax deadline is six weeks away (in 2017 it’s Tuesday, April 18th) – so if you haven’t already started thinking about taxes, now is the time to start. If you hosted a professional au pair last year, you’ll need to take that into account when you file your taxes. But, what specifically do you need to know? Below is some useful tax information for host families. [...] Read More »

February 27, 2017

Today, in some parts of Germany, carnivals are taking place in honor of Fasching, a holiday in advance of Lent. Also known as Fastnacht or Karneval, this holiday has much in common with Mardis Gras in New Orleans, but is much less well know globally. There are parades, costumes, pranks, eating and drinking, elaborate balls, and a generally festive atmosphere. [...] Read More »