Having been in early education off and on since 1986, I have a lot of thoughts on this issue. As the Director of a small, high-quality center, I can say that the economics of early education is so ridiculously crazy-difficult it is a wonder that any center is able to stay afloat. For those of us in the trenches, working hard for kids and families, very few of us make anything close to a livable wage. But for how hard it is now, I wonder if people understand just how much harder it is going to become for good centers to survive with some of the changes that are being proposed for the near future. And respectfully, the idea that we somehow might make $80,000 with benefits is a waste of time to suggest and arguably hurts our profession more than it could possibly help. There is not the space to explain in detail here but I would love to see the business model/operating budget you are developing. The good news is that over the last 30 years, we have learned how to do early education right by kids. The bad news is that the places doing this are in jeopardy of disappearing for good. People have been talking about the need to organize for a long time--but that requires time and money--neither of which we have.