There are no easy answers to this question. In child care, salaries are still pitifully low. If you want to stay in child care as a teacher you have to find other ways to supplement your income. (There are exceptions to this like the Massachusetts subsidy plan or the TEACH/Retain grants.)
A person can make a descent living as a public school teacher. And some schools and programs (for example, Head Start) do pay more. If a higher salary is really important to you and you want to stay in education, then you may have to consider higher paying options like being a director, principal, or working for the public schools, or teaching at a college.
If you work in special education, not only will you be in higher demand, you can also secure better pay. Another alternative is extra work like working evenings as a child care worker for evening programs or giving after hours workshops. This involves working more than a regular work week and can quickly lead to burnout – but – it can also be very rewarding because you will learn as much as you teach.