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Rix adds that to have au pair help, families must be willing to offer the worker a spare room in their home, meals and $500 toward the worker's educational expenses on top of the weekly salary. If a spare room isn't available, NACCRRA's Smith advises families to look at nanny and baby-sitter sharing options with neighbors and friends as well as low-cost child day care options available through community centers, faith-based organizations and the YMCA.

"Under the best of times child care is difficult. In a bad economy, it's really a serious issue," says Smith. "The only recourse families have is to look at options outside of day care and use every resource they can."


 

 

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