Cool Culture

CityWide Cultural Access Program for Child Care Centers

Enroll in our program to see all that a Cool Culture partnership offers to your early child care center’s families.

Eligibility and Enrollment

Final enrollment for academic year 2022-2023 is open through November 30, 2022. ENROLL YOUR CHILD CARE CENTER HERE.

View the Enrollment Guide + FAQs for more details.  

Eligibility

To be eligible, your child care program should offer one of the following:

Additionally, at least:

Enrollment Pricing

Program Capacity
2022-2023 Fee
1-74 Children
$540
75-124 Children
$720
125-224 Children
$900
225-324 Children
$1,110
325-375 Children
$1,380
375+ Children
$1,560

Timeline

Enrollment: Final enrollment for child care centers is open through November 30, 2022. 

Family Registration: Families at your center will be able to register for the Family Pass from October 3, 2022 to February 3, 2023.

Professional Development: Virtual and in-person workshops occur throughout the year, from late October 2022 through May 2023.

2022

Week of May 23
Early Enrollment Opens for Centers
September 30
Early Enrollment Closes for Centers
Mid- to Late September and Rolling Basis
Enrollment decisions announced
October 1
Final Enrollment Opens for Centers
October 3 – October 28
1st Round of Family Registration
(ONLY centers and schools enrolled by Sept. 30 can sign up families; Family Passes will be distributed in November)
October 31 – December 30
2nd Round of Family Registration
(All enrolled centers and schools can sign up families; Family Passes will be distributed in January)
Late November
Family Passes are distributed from the 1st Registration round
November 30
Final Enrollment Closes for Centers

2023

January
Family Passes are distributed from 2nd Registration round
January 2 – February 3
3rd Round of Family Registration
(All enrolled centers and schools can sign up their families; Family Passes will be distributed in March)
March
Family Passes are distributed from 3rd Registration round
May
Enrollment Application Launches for 2023-2024 Program Year
week of may 23

About the Cultural Access Program

What does my early childhood program receive? 

Family Passes for free general admission to NYC cultural institutions, Cool Culture Family Festivals and Cool Pops, Seminars & Dialogues for educators to harness the power of arts and culture, and artmaking and wellbeing resources will be available with your child care center’s enrollment. 

 

What’s my program’s role?

All of our participating centers will have access to an array of creative and helpful seminars, symposiums and dialogues that will guide administrators and educators to:

  • Register and distribute family passes and prepare families for visits to the Cultural Institutions.
  • Design, plan and partner with a Cultural Institution to bring a Cool Pop to their families.
  • Co-design experiences and activities for our annual Bring the Cool Family Festival.
  • Create projects that engage and build family engagement.
  • Empower families and communities to become civically engaged in dialogue that acknowledges critical community issues and creative opportunities to address them. 

 

What is a Cultural Liaison, and how do I select them?

A Cultural Liaison is a child care center staff member who has a good relationship with and love for your community of children and adult caregivers. Your Liaison will need to have email access, know their way around a computer, be prepared to engage heavily through email and have administrative skills to keep the site’s program organized. This leadership role calls for someone who will enjoy leading family artmaking workshops and will be a voice for the community, sharing their needs and concerns.

DID YOU KNOW?

Cool Culture is aligned with National, State and Local Learning Standards. The Citywide Cultural Access Program is aligned with DOE Early Learn requirements for community partnerships and family engagement, NYS Pre-K Foundation for the Common Core in social/emotional development, approaches to learning, and literacy, and Blueprint for the Arts.

Further, our programs, pedagogical frameworks, and practices are rooted in Cool Culture’s social justice values and situates families at the center of our work.

Did You Know?

Cool Culture is aligned with national, state and local Learning Standards. Our Citywide Cultural Access Program is aligned with DOE EarlyLearn requirements for community partnerships and family engagement, Blueprint for the Arts, and NYS Pre-K Learning Standards in social-emotional development and approaches to learning. Further, our programs, pedagogical frameworks, and practices are rooted in Cool Culture’s social justice values and situates families at the center of our work.

Did You
Know?

Cool Culture is aligned with national, state and local Learning Standards. Our Citywide Cultural Access Program is aligned with DOE EarlyLearn requirements for community partnerships and family engagement, Blueprint for the Arts, and NYS Pre-K Learning Standards in social-emotional development and approaches to learning. Further, our programs, pedagogical frameworks, and practices are rooted in Cool Culture’s social justice values and situates families at the center of our work.