Counting Our Children Because They Are Counting On Us
Young children count on us for their future. Responding to the 2020 Census is an easy, safe, and important way to help provide resources for children over the next ten years.
An undercount of young children depletes our community of needed resources in education, healthcare, and more. The following programs are some of those that are impacted by census data:
- Early Childhood programs such as Head Start and Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK)
- Free and reduced-price school lunch and breakfast programs, such as the National School Lunch Program
- Before and after school care programs
- Special Education programs provided via the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which ensures for a free appropriate public education to eligible children with disabilities, providing services from birth through age 21
- Classroom technology
- Maternal and child health programs
- SNAP - Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Programs
- CHIP - Children's Health Insurance Program
- Medicare and Medicaid
The following are common situations where young children are not counted.
- Children of divorced parents with split custody
Count children where they live most of the time. If that is not clear, count them where they are living on April 1, 2020.
- Children living with other family members, such as grandparents
Same as above.
- Children living in lower income households
- Children of young parents
Parents should include babies born on or before April 1, even if they are still in the hospital.
The bottom line: Shape your child’s future by including them in your 2020 Census.
Read more >> Counting Young Children Fact Sheets, provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.