Counting All Kids in the 2020 Census

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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For Advocates & Stakeholders

American Library Association
ALA is advocating for a fair, accurate, and inclusive Census that recognizes the roles libraries will play in this vital civic effort.

Count All Kids Committee
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. 

Keystone Counts Coalition
Keystone Counts 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.

Pennsylvania State Data Center: Pennsylvania Counts 2020
The Pennsylvania State Data Center serves as Pennsylvania’s official source of population and economic statistics.

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 Business

Council for a Strong America: Business for the 2020 Census

For Elected Officials

2020 Census Toolkit for State and Local Officials

My Congressional District

For Military

U.S. Census Bureau’s Fact Sheet for Military

For Parents, Families & Caregivers

Whose Child is Missing? Pennsylvania Fact Sheet – English

Whose Child is Missing? Pennsylvania Fact Sheet – Spanish

NALEO’s Make Yourself Count in 2020 factsheets in English and Spanish

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)

In The News

Keystone Counts Newsroom