Counting children in the 2020 census is important for education & funding
Imagine your child’s first day of school. He or she is excited about learning English, Science, Math, Reading, or Music. The possibilities of what he will discover walking into a classroom filled with technological supplies that fit their own personal needs are limitless. School buses, teachers, books, laptops, lunch programs, after school programs and mentorships offer adventure and education at your child’s fingertips!
Now imagine your child going to school without the resources she needs... No tutors after school, no special needs assistance, no lunch program funding for meals at school. To think children would have to go without these aids is devastating.
When you count your children in the 2020 census it funds their future. School funding and school curriculum decisions come from Census data. Counting your children in the 2020 Census is imperative. This helps the local community within your region make the right purchases for your children’s future. Education, recreation areas, and health programs are put into place when Census numbers are reported accurately. According to censuscounts.org, , a total of 4.6 percent of the population was not included in the 2010 Census. This percentage of undercounted individuals included 2.2 million children under the age of five. The children not counted in the 2010 census did not receive benefits or resources as other children did in different areas or states.
This percentage unfortunately, specifically with certain population groups were referred to as “hard-to-count”. Young Hispanic and African-American children have had the highest undercount. Censuscounts.org also reported that approximately 6.5 percent of these children were overlooked in 2010. This percentage is nearly twice the amount of unreported children who were White.
The Census Bureau understands that some children do not live within one household, however, documenting children where they stay predominantly gives better averages than not counting them at all. More specifically, the census mentions documenting children where they lived as of April 1st. When a child is not documented, they are losing out on numerous amounts of assistance or prosperity. Educational grants such as Head Start, special education, health insurance, and even housing assistance programs are components within the census.
The point of the 2020 census is to help us understand where we are as a nation. The census helps to determine where communities are in need the most and how to better serve the people. This documents helps to distribute funds equally and to better assist the community. You are a part of the community and so are your little ones. Do not cheat yourself, your community or the children out of a better future. Take the 2020 Census today! For the first time, the 2020 Census is available online with the options of English and Spanish. Due to the uprise of COVID-19, self-response such as online, phone and mailed responses are due by October 31. Complete the 2020 Census today at www.2020census.gov.