Cool Culture for Early Childhood Centers


Our program for early childhood centers brings together families, educators and New York City’s museums, gardens, and zoos to prepare children for future success and enhance family involvement in their child’s development.

The program is aligned with Early Learn requirements for community partnerships and family engagement, and NYS Pre-K Foundation for the Common Core in social/emotional development, approaches to learning, and literacy.

Elementary or charter schools: click here for program information


Enrolled early childhood centers receive:

  • A personalized Cool Culture Family Pass, for families and staff, which provides free, general admission for up to 5 people at 90 partner museums, gardens and zoos during out-of-school time for one year (not for group or field trips).
  • Resources to support museum-going such as Family Guide booklets and event flyers (in English, Spanish and Chinese), a monthly e-mailed newsletter providing family offerings at museums, and more.
  • Two large-scale Cool Culture family events, at museums across New York City, that cater to families with young children.
  • Professional development opportunities held in different museums that are designed for each center’s "Cultural Liaison".

Who is the "Cultural Liaison"? Each early childhood center must select a staff member to serve as the "Cultural Liaison"; who plays the lead role in implementing Cool Culture at your site. The staff member should have e-mail access, strong administrative skills and work closely with parents. Responsibilities include coordinating Family Pass registration and distribution three times a year, attending an orientation in November, completing online surveys, orienting families about Cool Culture and motivating Family Pass usage.



Dates for professional development workshops and special family events
are TBD. This timeline is subject to change.



Accepted centers will receive an invoice in late August. Payment is due September 22, 2016.

For more information, please review our
Frequently Asked Questions.


Early Childhood Centers: HOW TO APPLY

 Deadline to apply: July 22, 2016 

To sign up for enrollment reminders for the 2017-2018 program year, please click here.