WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced $1 million in grant awards to Maine to support the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program.

The funds will allow Maine to continue to expand voluntary, evidence-based home visiting services to women during pregnancy and to parents with young children, according to a news release.

Nationally, $386 million was awarded to states, territories and nonprofit organizations to support the Home Visiting Program.

“The Home Visiting Program gives parents who choose to participate the tools they need to support healthy outcomes for their children,” said Mary Wakefield, Ph.D., RN, administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration.

“Evidence-based home visiting services are proven to help improve maternal and child health, prevent child abuse and neglect, and enhance school-readiness.”

The president’s budget requests $500 million for fiscal year 2016 and $15 billion over the next 10 years to continue to expand Home Visiting for families.

For more information on HRSA’s Home Visiting Program, visit http://mchb.hrsa.gov/programs/homevisiting.

For a list of awardees, visit www.hrsa.gov/about/news/2015tables/homevisiting.

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