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Why the Census Matters to Schools


The 2020 Census helps determine how much money communities receive for the critical resources that children and families will depend on for the next 10 years—basically, an entire childhood!  Resources that could be impacted include food assistance, Head Start, child care, housing support, public schools, early intervention services for children with special needs, and children’s health insurance.  Knowing how many children there are and where they live is essential to getting those services and programs to them.

Beyond the impact on schools, the 2020 Census will determine congressional representation, inform hundreds of billions in federal funding, and provide data that will impact communities for the next decade.  Results influence highway planning and construction, as well as grants for buses, subways, and other public transit systems.  The list goes on, including programs to support rural areas, to restore wildlife, to prevent child abuse, to prepare for wildfires, and to provide housing assistance for older adults.

Curious about what other programs are impacted by census data? A list can be downloaded here.

By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census.  You will have three options for responding: online, by phone, or by mail. 

2020 Census Parent Flyer