The Cultural Institutions Retirement System (“CIRS”) was founded in 1962 by five (5) cultural institutions – The Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences, The New York Botanical Garden, The Museum of The City of New York, The Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences and The Staten Island Zoological Society – to provide common pension and group life insurance benefits for eligible employees. Private tax-exempt child care centers joined CIRS beginning in 1964 through the efforts of the Day Care Council of New York, Inc. CIRS exists today as the result of a unique partnership between the City of New York, the cultural institutions, the Day Care Council of New York and three Unions. The Plan is governed by a Board of nine Trustees, two of which are appointed by the Mayor of New York, two by the Unions, and five by the Cultural Institutions. CIRS provides retirement benefits to over 21,000 members including more than 8,000 active child care and cultural institution workers.
Our dedicated staff is committed to providing our members with a high level of service. CIRS staff can be reached from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday by calling (212) 674 – 0101. You can also email us and we’ll be sure to route your inquiry to the appropriate Team member.
Sandra BarrosMember Services Senior AssociateLisa CharleyMember Services Senior Associate
Child Care Sponsoring Boards
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651 Arts / Kings Majestic Theater
American Museum of Natural History
American Parkinson Disease Assoc., Inc.
Animal Care & Control of NYC, Inc.
Bronx Museum of The Arts
Brooklyn Academy of Music
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Byrd Hoffman Water Mill Foundation
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Cradle of Aviation Museum
Day Care Council Local 205 DC 1707 Welfare Fund
Day Care Council of New York
DC 37 Local 420 AFSCME, AFL-CIO
District Council 37 AFSCME
District Council 37 Benefits Fund Trust
District Council 37 Education Fund
District Council 37 Health & Security Plan
El Museo Del Barrio
Flushing Council On Culture & The Arts
Jamaica Center For Arts And Learning
Joralemon Dental Services, PC
Museum of The City of NY
Museum of The Moving Image
New York Hall of Science
Noble Maritime Collection
NY City Center
P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center
Pennsylvania Trolley Museum
Queens Botanical Garden
Queens Council On The Arts
Queens Museum of Art
Queens Theatre In The Park
Seaport Museum New York
Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture
Snug Harbor Cultural Center And Botanical Garden
Staten Island Children’s Museum
Staten Island Historical Society
Staten Island Institute of Arts & Sciences
Staten Island Zoological Society
The Bronx Council On The Arts
The Bronx County Historical Society
The Center For Books Arts
The New York Botanical Garden
The Newark Museum
The Studio Museum In Harlem
The Wildlife Conservation Society
Child Care Sponsoring Boards
1332 Fulton Avenue Day Care Center, Inc.
196 Albany Avenue Day Care Center, Inc.
Action Nursery, Inc.
Afro-American Parents Day Care Center, Inc.
Alonzo A. Daughtry Memorial DCC Inc.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Epsilon Pi Omega Chapter DCC, Inc.
Bellevue Day Care Center, Inc.
Belmont Community Day Care, Inc.
Beth Jacob Day Care Center, Inc.
Bethany Day Nursery, Inc.
Bethel Emanuel Temple, Inc.
Billy Martin Child Development Center, Inc.
Birch Family Services, Inc.
Blanche Community Progress Day Care Center, Inc.
Boys & Girls Harbor, Inc.
Bronxdale Tenants League Day Care Center, Inc.
Brooklyn Bureau of Community Service
Brooklyn Developmental Center Early Childhood Services Inc.
Brooklyn Kindergarten Society Inc.
Bushwick Improvement Society Inc.
Bushwick United Housing Development Fund Corporation
Cardinal McCloskey Community Services
Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services, Inc.
Children’s Aid Society
Chinese American Planning Council, Inc.
Citizens Care Day Care Center, Inc.
Claremont Neighborhood Centers, Inc.
Clifford Glover Day Care Center, Inc.
Colony-South Brooklyn Houses Inc.
Conselyea Street Block Association, Inc.
Cornerstone Baptist Church
Cypress Hills Child Care Corporation
East Calvary Day Care Center, Inc.
East Harlem Block Nursery, Inc.
East Side House Inc.
East Tremont Child Care And Development Center
Educational Alliance Inc.
Escuela Hispana Montessori Inc.
Flushing Day Care Center, Inc.
Fordham Bedford Housing Corp.
Fort Greene Council Inc.
Friends Of Crown Heights Educational Centers Inc.
Gan Day Care Inc.
Goddard-Riverside Community Center
Grand Street Settlement, Inc.
Greater Flushing Community Council, Inc. / Macedonia CDC
Hamilton Madison House Inc.
Hawthorne Corners Day Care Center, Inc.
Henry St. Settlement Inc.
Highbridge Advisory Council Family Services, Inc.
Hudson Guild Inc.
Labor and Industry for Education, Inc.
Labor Bathgate Community Child Care Center
League for Better Community Life, Inc.
Leake and Watts Services Inc.
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House
Lexington Children’s Center
Marc Academy & Family Center, Inc.
Nasry Michelen Day Care Center, Inc.
New Life Child Development Center Inc.
Nicholas Cardell Day Care Center Inc.
North Bronx National Council Negro Women Child Devt Center, Inc.
North East Bronx Day Care Center Inc.
Nuestros Ninos Day Care Center, Inc.
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. Nu Omicron Chapter
Open Door Associates, Inc.
Pamela C. Torres Day Care Center Inc.
Philip H. Michaels Child Care Center, Inc.
Police Athletic League Inc.
Prince Hall Foundation Inc.
Queens County Educators for Tomorrow, Inc.
Recreation Rooms & Settlement, Inc.
Rena Day Care Center Inc.
Salvation Army of Greater N.Y.
SCAN – New York Volunteer Parent-Aides Association, Inc.
Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services
Shirley Chisholm Day Care Center Inc.
Southeast Bronx Neighborhood Centers, Inc.
St. John’s Place Family Center HDFC
Strong Place Day Care Center, Inc.
Sunset Bay Community Services, Inc.
The Child Center of New York, Inc.
The Dawning Village Inc.
Tolentine Zeiser Community Life Center
Trabajamos Community Head Start
Tremont Crotona Day Care Center Inc.
Tremont Monterey Day Care Center, Inc.
Union Settlement Association, Inc.
United Bronx Parents Inc.
United Community Centers Inc.
United Federation of Black Community Organizations, Inc.
University Settlement Society of New York Inc.
Urban Strategies Inc.
Utopia Children’s Center Inc.
Washington Heights Child Care Center, Inc.
Westchester Tremont Day Care Center Inc.
Williamsbridge NAACP ECEC Board of Director
Yeshiva Tifereth Moshe
YWCA Of the City of NY
Zion Day Care (Aka Bnos Zion of Bobov) Inc.