- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 16, 2001

Books

• "The Unofficial Guide to Childcare," by Ann Douglas, Hungry Minds Inc., 1998. In this book, the author outlines the pros and cons of hiring a nanny or au pair or choosing a day care center.

• "The Nanny Book: The Smart Parent's Guide to Hiring, Firing and Every Sticky Situation in Between," by Susan Carlton, Griffin Trade Paperback, 1999. This book offers tips on hiring a nanny or au pair.

Approved au pair agencies

• EF Au Pair, 1 Education St., Cambridge, Mass. 02142. Phone: 800/333-6056. Web site: www.efaupair.org.

• Au Pair in America, 102 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich, Conn. 06830. Phone: 800/727-2437. Web site: www.aifs.com/aupair.

• EurAupair Intercultural Childcare Programs, 210 N. Lee St., Alexandria, Va. 22314. Phone: 800/901-2002 or 703/518-5024. Web site: www.euraupair.com.

• Au Pair Care, 1 Post St., San Francisco, Calif. 94104. Phone: 800/428-7247. Web site: www.aupaircare.com.

• Au Pair USA, 161 Sixth Ave., New York, N.Y. 10013. Phone: 800/287-2477 or 212/924-0446. Web site: www.interexchange.org.

• Go Au Pair, 6965 Union Park Center, Suite 100, Salt Lake City, Utah 84047. Phone: 888/287-2471. Web site: www.childcrest.com.

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