Early childhood education has proven to have endless benefits. Preschool programs increase literacy rates, and can strengthen mathematical aptitude, among other advantages. Yet, quality, full-time early childhood programs are often inaccessible to working families as center-based care costs lower-income families close to 30 percent of their income. In New York, the cost of child care exceeds the estimated costs of housing and in-state tuition for a 4-year public college, respectively. There’s a growing socioeconomic divide that puts already struggling families at a greater disadvantage of accessing early childhood education.