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MBST Solutions

MBST Solutions is a small consulting firm focusing on supporting the development of family child care policies that focus on the strengths of family child care providers, and connecting policy and practice in successful advocacy campaigns with a specific focus on family child care regulations and legislation.

Mary Beth Salomone Testa brings over 20 years of experience in team-building, advocacy and policy development. Mary Beth has led advocacy campaigns across a variety of states and at the federal level, representing and building coalitions with child care providers, child care resource and referral agencies, home visiting programs, and the Children’s Defense Fund. As a consultant, Mary Beth offers strategic analysis, technical assistance, capacity-building, and mobilization for federal and state policy.

Our state allies can call on MBST to:

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Support them in the assessment of existing policies for home-based providers.

In particular, MBST has extensive expertise on child care licensing policy.

Help them shape policies that support home-based ECE providers.

This includes consultation on strategies to ensure the ongoing effectiveness and the viability of the sector. The work of systems change includes exploring both policy change and behavior change and understanding how investments and smart policies can be coupled with focusing on a strengths-based, relationship-based approach based on mutual respect when implementing program and policy change.

Facilitate engagement with state-based family child care provider groups.

Effective family child care engagement must be rooted in strategy and respect, and MBST can help Alliance state allies engage with equity and effectiveness.