Meet the Counselor

WIN_20140829_192510Cindy Garruba Senior Community Counselor 

Cindy Garruba grew up in Setauket and has spent the majority of her life in Suffolk County.  She lives in a home in Northville on the North Fork of Long Island that was her family’s beach house for over 60 years.   She had the home remodeled and now lives there full time.  She raised her daughter as a single mom having been widowed when her daughter was five years old, Cindy knows the challenges and joys of raising children.  She served as PTA president, Girl Scout Leader, Sunday School Teacher when her daughter was young and continues to volunteer in her community.  She graduated from Dowling College on Long Island.   Cindy loves spending time on the local beaches, shopping at Tanger Mall, movies, time with friends and family, and the occasional trip into NYC.   Decorating is a passion of Cindy’s and she is a certified graduate of the Metropolitan Institute of Design and a certified home stager from Staging Training By Design.  

A Senior Community Counselor for Au Pair in America, Cindy has served Suffolk County Host Families and Au Pairs since September 2000.  She admires the young women who travel far from home and care lovingly for American children.  Cindy feels her host families are warm and welcoming and embrace the cultural exchange part of the program along with the childcare they receive from their au pairs.

AP's Sept 2011 for webEvery month the au pairs have a cluster activity arranged by Cindy.  Once a quarter they have a meeting about childcare, safety and valuable tips on life in the USA.  These also include social time where au pairs can visit with one another in Cindy’s home.  Conversation is lively and the au pairs form long lasting friendships.  Cindy stays in contact with many of her au pairs and has seen them go on to have succesful careers, marriages and children. 

Cindy says “Many of the host families and au pairs continue their relationships long past their year together and continue to feel like family.  Children benefit from growing up in homes where they learn about cultural diversity from someone they love.  The experience is rewarding to the host parents, the children and the au pair.   I truly believe world peace can be achieved by learning as much as we can about people from all corners of the globe.  Individual to individual we learn we are all need and want the same things, we all want the best life for ourselves and our families. ”

 Cindy is available to discuss how Au Pair in America can help busy Suffolk County families solve their childcare needs.  Au Pair in America provides flexible, dependable childcare with a cultural flair.  Trust the world’s most experienced live-in child care program.     

 Arrange to discuss your childcare needs with Cindy Garruba.  631-428-7052

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