Afterschool programs across our country are making a huge difference in the lives of children, families and communities. Millions of our children and youth rely on federal support, determined by the U.S. census, to attend afterschool and summer learning programs. The results of the census will be used to determine how more than $675 billion of federal spending will be allocated for the next 10 years.
It is critical that every individual physically living in the country be counted in the census regardless of age, citizenship status, homeowner status, or language spoken at home. But far too many families are not counted, especially those that directly benefit from access to afterschool and summer learning programs.
Helping to get an accurate census count is one of the most important things we can do to serve our communities.
IT IS A FEDERAL CRIME TO USE ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED IN A CENSUS FORM FOR ANYTHING OTHER THAN AN ACCURATE CENSUS COUNT.
You will NOT be asked about your citizenship status on the 2020 Census.
2020 Census by the numbers - Funding from federal programs is distributed to states through various community-lifting programs based on total population and target population counts.
Have trusted individuals, like students and program staff, educate parents and community members about the importance of the census. Key points include:
Help connect families to the census.
Consider becoming a census partner.
Use, Organize Around, and Share the Map of Under-Counted Communities.
This map helps you find communities that have been undercounted in the past. Find the ones in your neighborhood and coordinate outreach and events to reach these individuals and families in particular.
Get creative! You can make it a one-night event and invite a census expert from your local Complete Count Committee or have computers, laptops, and tablets ready on a rolling basis during student pick-up.
If you have the resources, become an official center where families can fill out the census, or consider partnering and/or co-hosting an event with other organizations in your community that are also working on ensuring a complete count. For example, many libraries are getting involved with the 2020 Census and can be a great place to start!
A great place to get started is to connect with your state’s afterschool network!
Additional partners to connect with: