Back in the day we used to say "Everyone wants Gucci Child Care at K-Mart prices"; the brands need to be updated but the problem is still the same.
As much as we all wish there was a solution to this problem, I don't see early care wages changing much in the near future. Should early care professionals be paid on par with K12 teachers? YES, a thousand times YES! However, here is where the debate begins again. Centers cannot pay their staff those wages on tuition rates. Let's just pretend the state/government decides to drop loads of money into financially supporting this goal - then what? Do you think they will not impose additional regulations and requirements now that they are funding your site? Is that something you are willing to accept?On another note, quality care does not need to be expensive. It does not require a fancy building, pricey toys or the newest technology. You can provide amazing quality care outside with only nature based loose parts, or in a family living room. Quality is about the relationships you build with children and how much you stimulate their brains for development. Simply talking continually WITH (not TO) a child activates their brain to develop millions of neural pathways.With all that being said, early care professionals are amazing, resourceful people and should be paid what they deserve. I'm just not sure the best way to accomplish that goal.