Author - Marcie Wolbeck

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Marcie Wolbeck is a Local Development Director with Cultural Care Au Pair and lives in the West Town Neighborhood with her husband, three sons and wonderful Colombian Au Pair. Cultural Care Au Pair is the leading provider of intercultural childcare in the United States. Since 1989, Cultural Care Au Pair has placed more than 90,000 au pairs in welcoming American homes. A U.S. Department of State regulated program, Cultural Care Au Pair is headquartered in Cambridge, MA, with their own extensive network of recruitment, screening and orientation offices worldwide and more than 600 local coordinators across the U.S. For more information, visit www.culturalcare.com or call 800-333-6056.

5 rules for traveling with caregivers and kids

I must admit: I never thought I would travel with childcare. That was a luxury that never entered my mind until we hosted our first au pair over four years ago. One of the premises of the au pair program is the cultural exchange between the family and au pair so it was a natural fit to let her explore the USA with us. Now, having taken more trips with our au pairs over the years than I can count, I must say it is a huge relief to have an extra set of hands around while navigating the stre...

Posted on May 14, 2018 at 4:49 PM by Marcie Wolbeck

How To Celebrate the Chinese New Year

Gong xi fa cai! (Say gong zee fah chai) Happy New Year! January 1 doesn’t have to be your only New Year celebration. This February, celebrate the Lunar New Year, a tradition popular in China and other Asian cultures! We have lots of exciting activities for you and the family. Take an adventure to Chinatown and learn about Lunar New Year traditions along the way.

Lunar New Year (also known as the Spring Festival or Chinese New Year) lasts from New Year’s Eve (the last day of the last mo...

Posted on February 15, 2015 at 9:25 AM by Marcie Wolbeck

Exploring World Cultures in Chicago: Little Italy

Ciao Chicago famiglie! Looking to expose your kids to Italian culture without leaving town? There’s no better place to learn about Italian Americans in Chicago than to visit the city’s famous Taylor Street. Cultural Care Au Pair has planned a perfect itinerary for families interested in learning more about Italian culture right here in Chicago.

The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame (1431 W Taylor St,) has been paying tribute to great Italian American athletes for more than ...

Posted on November 07, 2014 at 9:00 AM by Marcie Wolbeck

Halloween Traditions Around the World

One of the best parts of October is celebrating Halloween! In the U.S., Halloween means costumes, candy and creepy décor! But other cultures celebrate this holiday differently. Cultural Care Au Pair is teaming up with NPN to share Halloween from around the world.

China:

In China, the Halloween festival is call Teng Chieh. The Chinese place food and water in front of pictures of deceased family members and in the meantime, bonfires and lanterns are lit to light the paths of these fa...

Posted on October 24, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Marcie Wolbeck

Exploring World Cultures in Chicago: Head on Down to Chinatown

Cultural Care Au Pair is teaming up with NPN to take you and your family on international adventures without leaving the city limits! We encourage Chicago-area families to take advantage of the many diverse neighborhoods and cultures right here in our hometown.  In this post, we invite you to travel to the south side of the city to experience Chinatown!

Greeted by the Nine Dragon Wall and the Chinatown Gate, you and your children will be excited to learn more about Chinese culture as s...

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 7:00 AM by Marcie Wolbeck

Exploring World Cultures in Chicago: Take a Trip to Poland

Cultural Care Au Pair is teaming up with NPN to take you and your family on international adventures without leaving the city limits! We encourage Chicago-area families to take advantage of the many diverse neighborhoods and cultures right here in our hometown.  In this post, we invite you to travel to Poland with us (or at least head to West Town), to get a taste of Polish culture!

Start out at the Polish Museum of America (984 N. Milwaukee Avenue), one of the oldest ethnic museums in...

Posted on September 22, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Marcie Wolbeck

Culture in Chicago: Sweden

Cultural Care Au Pair is back to talk about ways to treat your family to a cultural experience without leaving the city!  This month we take you on a journey to Sweden.  There are so many fun ways to enjoy the Swedish culture right here in Chicago. 

Sweden really knows how to make the darkest day of the year full of light!  Each year on December 13th, the people of Sweden celebrate the feast of St. Lucia.  St. Lucia was a young Christian martyr who secretly brought food to the persecut...

Posted on December 11, 2013 at 9:00 AM by Marcie Wolbeck

Vibrant Cultures in Chicago: Germany

Cultural Care Au Pair is back to bring you some great ways to immerse your family in the vibrant cultures Chicago has to offer.  Last month we introduced you to Chicago’s Mexican heritage in Pilsen. This month we take a trip to Germany to celebrate all that it has to offer!

The changing leaves, cooler temperatures and harvest season remind me of the German specialties of beer and brats!  As a Wisconsin native myself, where there are many residents of German descent, I have not been to ...

Posted on November 06, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Marcie Wolbeck

Experience culture in chicago: Pilsen

Cultural Care Au Pair is teaming up with NPN to take you and your family on an international adventure without leaving the city limits! This is the first in a series of monthly blog posts highlighting cultural experiences in the city. 

I love Chicago for so many reasons, the warm people, the delicious food, but most of all the special neighborhoods that honor different cultures and heritages.  I can’t get enough of Little Italy, Chinatown, Greektown and more!  Here in Chicago, we have ...

Posted on September 23, 2013 at 7:30 AM by Marcie Wolbeck