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Scarsdale Childcare Workers To Toast America

SCARSDALE, N.Y. –A dozen au pairs from around the globe who are working for Scarsdale families are about to get a front row seat for America’s birthday bash.

Cultural Care Au Pair, an agency that provides au pairs to American homes, is taking the 12 Scarsdale-based childcare workers and their families to White Plains High School on Friday for Westchester’s annual Independence Day festivities, capped off by a fireworks display.

“The whole idea of freedom is something new to a lot of our au pairs,” said Lauren Taylor, a local childcare coordinator for Cultural Care Au Pair. “It incorporates our Declaration of Independence, the Revolutionary War and things in history most au pairs haven’t learned about.

“They’ll get to see Americans celebrating, which is very different from the way they do things in Europe and around the world,” Taylor said. “The food, music, everything is different. What’s best about this event is that they can bring their children with them. There should be two other local coordinators with au pairs there as well.”

Cultural Care Au Pair has workers from around the world, including Australia, South America, Asia and Western Europe. In the past, as part of their exposure to the American way of life, they’ve attended a program honoring Westchester County victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, baseball and hockey games.

 

“Many of the au pairs come from older, more established countries. They’re not as new as ours, so they don’t have such a recent birthday,” Taylor said. “This gives them the opportunity to see how we celebrate this great day, and it’s nice to give them something to celebrate.” 

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