Did you know that approximately 2.2 million children were missed in the 2010 Census? Or that young children had by far the worst undercount of any age group?
Every year more than $26 billion in federal funds is allocated to Pennsylvania based on census data. Here are some of the programs that affect children’s lives for which funding is based in whole or in part on census data:
- Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicaid
- Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Head Start/Early Head Start
- Title 1 grants to local education agencies
- Special Education Grants (IDEA)
- Women, Infants and Children
- Title IV-E Foster Care
It’s important to ensure parents and guardians in hard-to-count areas understand the detrimental effects of an undercount of young children and the numerous programs critical for family stability and opportunity that would be at risk.
Kids aren’t counted in the census for a lot of different reasons…
- The child splits time between two homes.
- The child lives or stays with another family or with another relative such as a grandparent.
- The child lives in a household with young parents or a young, single mom.
- The child lives in a household that is large, multigenerational, or includes extended or multiple families.
- The child is a newborn.
- The child lives in a non-English or limited-English speaking household.
- The child lives in a lower income household.
- The child lives in a household of recent immigrants or foreign-born adults.
- The child lives in a household that rents or recently moved.
- The child lives in a household where they’re not supposed to be, for one reason or another.
- A child who is staying temporarily with family or friends but has no permanent home.
Still, wherever a child is living on April 1st is where they should be counted, even if it is a temporary living situation!
The bottom line? We MUST count all kids, or we risk shortchanging communities. Sign up for “A Voice for Kids” to receive updates about counting all kids in the 2020 Census.
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Ways to Respond to the 2020 Census
- For the first time, you can choose to complete the Census online, by phone, or by mail
- Filling out the form is safe, secure, quick and easy!
- Help encourage self-responses in your community by urging parents and families to respond via phone by calling 1-844-330-2020. Due to the volume of calls, the bureau will CALL BACK if there is no answer.
- Visit https://2020census.gov/en/ways-to-respond.html for more information on filling out the form online, by phone or by mail
The 2020 Census is underway and households across America are responding every day. In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Census Bureau has adjusted 2020 Census operations in order to:
• Protect the health and safety of Census Bureau employees and the American public.
• Implement guidance from federal, state, and local health authorities.
• Ensure a complete and accurate count of all communities.
Guidance for Community Partners: Community partners are encouraged to follow guidance from public health authorities regarding events and group activities – including those related to the 2020 Census. The latest guidance and updates about COVID-19 in Pennsylvania can be found at the PA Department of Health website: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx
Addressing Concerns About Privacy
- Responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law
- Answers can only be used to produce statistics—they cannot be used against anyone in any way
- By law, all responses to U.S. Census Bureau household and business surveys are kept completely confidential
Resources to Help Get Out the Count
For Advocates & Stakeholders
- American Library Association is advocating for a fair, accurate, and inclusive Census that recognizes the roles libraries will play in this vital civic effort
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice Webinar on Questionnaire Assistance Centers and Libraries
- The Count All Kids Committee is a group of national, state and local children’s organizations and allies that have joined together to ensure our nation’s children are counted in the 2020 Census
- Dr. Seuss-themed Census coloring and activity pages: https://www.seussville.com/classroom_activities/2020-census/
- Keystone Counts Coalition is a statewide coalition of advocacy groups, service providers, and community organizations joined together to build an education and outreach effort for a fair and accurate 2020 census
- PA.GOV Toolkit: 2020 Census: Shape Your Future in PA
- Pennsylvania State Data Center: Pennsylvania Counts 2020– Pennsylvania’s official source of population and economic statistics
- The Population Reference Bureau’s Young Child Risk of Undercount Database tool to help advocates pinpoint the neighborhoods on the Hard to Count Map with the greatest risk of undercounting young children in the 2020 Census
- Sesame Street’s 2020 Census videos, posters, and flyers(all in English and Spanish)
- U.S. Census Bureau includes new Statistics in Schools materials, information about the count of young children, revised facts about the 2020 Census, and answers to frequently asked questions
For Elected Officials
For Parents, Families & Caregivers
For People with Disabilities
- BRIEF: Why the 2020 Census Matters for People with Disabilities (Produced by the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality together with the National Disability Rights Network)
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