As required by the U.S. Constitution, a census count of every single person living in the United States — regardless of age, race, or legal status — is conducted every 10 years.
An accurate count is critical. A census that counts every child is integral to schools getting the funding they need to serve all students. The 2020 count is important because it impacts the federal funds that communities receive each year for programs and services that are crucial for schools, students, and younger children—special education, Head Start, after-school programs, classroom technology, and free and reduced-price school lunches.
Think about this: The children in our second grade classrooms will be the graduates of 2030. The world will look completely different in ten years, but many of their needs will still be the same. We will still need funds for special education, classroom technology, teacher training, school lunch assistance, and after-school programs. The single most impactful thing we can do to help these children over the next decade is to make sure they are counted this year.
Though Census Day is April 1st, people will be invited to start taking the Census in mid-March. Most households will receive their census invitation in the mail. Every household will have the option of responding online, by mail, or by phone.
Remember, your responses to the census are safe and secure. The information is kept confidential, and your responses cannot be used against you in any way, including citizenship. Be Counted.