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2020 CENSUS

WHAT IS THE CENSUS?

Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau carries out a constitutionally mandated count of the nation’s residents. The goal of the 2020 Census is to count every person living in the United States.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

The Census count determines your community’s share of over $700 billion each year in funding for Virginia. Results from the census inform:

  • where health clinics, libraries, and roads will be built
  • whether or not your child’s classroom will be overcrowded
  • funding for nutrition programs to feed hungry children like SNAP and WIC
  • funding for the state children’s health insurance program FAMIS
  • how many seats in Congress are allocated for the next 10 years
  • how Voices tracks child well-being over time and our advocacy work on policies

WHO IS MISSED?

  • Children under age five • People of color • Low-income communities • Rural communities • Complex families

COMMON SITUATIONS WHERE CHILDREN COULD BE MISSED

The child splits time between two homes, for example divorced parents

Count the child where he/she lives most often. If the child spends an equal amount of time between homes, count the location on April 1. Don’t forget to coordinate with other caregivers!

The child stays with another family or relative

Children should be counted where they live most often, even if the living arrangement is temporary or the parents do not live there.

The child is a newborn

Parents should include all babies born on or before April 1, even if the child is still in the hospital.

The child lives in a household with more people than allowed on the lease

The U.S. Census Bureau does not share information with ANYONE. Strict laws, that include severe penalties and jail time, protect you —so everyone should be counted!

Parents or caregivers of the child speak limited or no English

The 2020 Census will be available in 13 languages both online and by phone, so families can complete it in the language they choose.

TIMELINE

VOICES’ STRATEGIES

 NATIONAL

Connected with the Partnership for America’s Children, which leads the Count All Kids campaign and is the leading expert in the undercount of young children, providing the most current research and resources to share with our partners

STATE

Appointed by the Governor to serve on the Virginia Complete Count Commission to represent the voice of young children

LOCAL

Educating trusted messengers such as hospitals, faith communities, direct service providers, and other child-serving organizations about the importance of the Census and serving as a source of accurate information

Working with local governments to encourage the formation of complete count committees and ensuring the voice of young children is represented where committees have already been formed

WHAT YOU CAN DO

    • Help families understand the importance of participating in the Census
    • Provide reliable information and messaging, share on social media using the hashtags #countallkids and #2020Census
    • Partner with a wide variety of trusted messengers to communicate about the Census to families and provide internet access if needed
    • Get out the word! Author an op-ed in a newspaper and get the word out through social media
    • Join your complete count committee or encourage local leaders to start one
    • Learn where young children are missed the most in your community using the mapping software below

RESOURCES

WEBSITES
https://countallkids.org/

https://www.commonwealth.virginia.gov/advisory-boards/virginia-complete-count-commission/

https://2020census.gov/en/partners/outreach-materials.html

https://censuscounts.org/

Census 2020

RESOURCES

CENSUS 2020 OUTREACH MATERIALS

COUNTS ALL KIDS RESOURCE DRIVE

CENSUS COUNTS RESOURCE LIBRARY

VIRGINIA CIVIC ENGAGEMENT TABLE RESOURCE DRIVE

HANDOUTS

COUNT YOUR KIDS

COUNTING YOUNG CHILDREN IN THE 2020 CENSUS

COUNTING FOR DOLLARS

VIRGINIA COMPLETE COUNT COMMISSION

COLORING SHEET

RESEARCH

MAPPING SOFTWARE (ROAM & HTC)

CENSUS

VIDEOS

 

Check out our blog series here to learn more!