'Modern-day Mary Poppins': College graduates embrace nannying as career

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When American University graduate Elyse Barletta, 27, was looking for a full-time nannying position recently in Charlotte, N.C., three families wanted to hire her — all were impressed by her college education.

“They wanted someone who could help with their children’s homework,” said Barletta, a history major who made the Dean’s list and is proficient in French.

Experts say young women like Barletta make up a fast-growing segment of the nanny industry: college graduates who could go into law, medicine or other fields but are choosing to become career nannies, sometimes because they struggled to find jobs in their desired professions.

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