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Take Action - It's Census Day!

Wednesday, April 1, 2020  
Posted by: Lara Richardson
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In mid-March, homes across the country began receiving invitations to complete the 2020 Census. Now it's Census Day, April 1 - a chance to make a real difference in our communities. When we fill out the census form, we are helping to determine where and how federal funding will be distributed, how many political representatives our communities will receive, where new businesses will open, and more over the next ten years. When our people are missing from the census, resources and political power for our communities get assigned somewhere else. Education, health care, emergency planning, and more all depend on getting an accurate census count.

In the 2010 Census, young children were missed more than any other group, and children ages 5-9 were the second most missed group. As early childhood and afterschool professionals, you hold a special position in helping and encouraging families to participate as well. For various reasons, many people are nervous to share their information, so we want to provide some top talking points to help you in your conversations:

  • The 2020 Census does not ask whether you or anyone in your home is a U.S. citizen.
  • The Census Bureau is not a law enforcement agency, it’s a statistical agency. Your personal information is protected by law. Federal law keeps individual data and personal responses collected by the Census Bureau confidential for 72 years. That means the Census Bureau can’t share your personal information with ICE or law enforcement, it can’t be shared with your landlord, and it won’t affect any public benefits you receive.
  • Life gets busy, but all it takes is 10 minutes to change the next 10 years for you and your family. The 2020 Census is all about options. You can choose between a paper form, a phone call to the Census Bureau, or a quick online survey. When you get your invitation to participate, you can choose to respond by phone in 13 languages, or by TTY by dialing 844-467-2020.
  • Some adults may not realize that babies, toddlers and young children are supposed to be included in the Census. Every single person living your household should be counted!
  • The Census Bureau will never ask you for:
    • Your social security number
    • Money or donations
    • Anything on behalf of a political party
    • Your bank or credit card numbers
  • For more information about where to count yourself, or for special circumstances such as counting babies born near Census Day or people with no permanent living address, visit https://2020census.gov/en/who-to-count.html.

The census is a way to get back what you put in. You put a lot into this country, building your community and your family. You pay taxes. America couldn’t be what it is without you. The census determines what you get out for all that you put in. It’s about time you get what’s right, what you and your family and community deserve. But you have to be counted. And that means filling out your census form.


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