In 2015, the Maine Families Home Visiting Program worked with more than 2,500 families, helping parents reduce preventive illness and injuries to nearly 2,800 Maine children.Voluntary home-visiting programs also can be an extraordinarily wise investment. Programs have help greatly reduce abuse and neglect, lower health care costs, reduce the need for costly remedial education for children, and make families more self-sufficient. Randomized trials also found that Early Head Start programs with a strong home visiting component improved the education and training of mothers and increased their earnings by $300 per month.