Founded in 1971, ACT provides a safe haven where toddlers to teens from many faiths, cultures and economic backgrounds gather to learn, play and grow, as they participate in a broad range of programs among highly-trained and caring adults. ACT consistently provides children and their families with high quality services that sustain, support and enhance their ability to thrive in diverse communities. ACT offers year-round, affordable, reliable, nonsectarian and socially enriching educational programs and special events for families in and around the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the world's largest Gothic cathedral.


Office Hours

8 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday
1047 Amsterdam Ave (in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine)
New York, NY 10025




[email protected]

Full-Time Staff

Find contact information for and learn more about our experienced full-time staff!


ACT, as a program of the Cathedral, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. You can donate to ACT via our website by selecting Advancing the Community of tomorrow. Help us provide a safe and diverse haven for more children of all ages and cultures.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for parents and children who face obstacles that may challenge a family's health and safety and to expand opportunities for parents and children to pursue ventures otherwise out of reach. ACT's unique environment, focused programming, talented staff and diverse student body can make a difference in the lives of parents and children. Working parents can depend on a safe learning environment away from home. Families that cannot afford ACT or are in a crisis situation can enroll at reduced rates into these A.C.T. Programs:

  • Nursery Program
  • Summer Camp Programs
  • After School Programs

Financial Aid Application (PDF) To be used by new and returning financial aid applicants.


ACT's 2022-2023 calendar is now available! Important deadlines, program start and end dates, and much more is available here (PDF).


ACT is always looking for leaders with all levels of experience to work, volunteer, or intern with us. Please take a look at our Employment Opportunities or email us with any specific questions!

ACT is looking for an Office Receptionist

Application for Administrative Work
Application for Childcare Work
Leader In Training (LIT) Application