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Census 2020: Making Sure All Kids Are Counted

Census 2020: Making Sure All Kids Are Counted Census 2020: Making Sure All Kids Are Counted

​​​Every ten years, the US Census takes place. The 2020 Census will count every person in the US and helps determine how billions of dollars get spent each year on things like schools, hospitals, and community services. This is why it’s so important that you and your family get counted.

The Census form is quick and easy to fill out. Here’s how it works:

Starting in March, all US households will get instructions from the Census Bureau on how to participate in the 2020 Census. There are 3 ways to respond:

  • Online​ (from any computer or mobile device with internet access)
  • By mail (just drop it in the nearest mailbox!)
  • By phone (quick and easy)

In late May, census takers around the nation will begin visiting households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census to help complete the count. The Census Bureau will continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19​ outbreak and may adjust census taker and survey operations as necessary in order to follow the guidance of federal, state and local health authorities.​

​​It has never been easier to respond on your own, whether online, over the phone or by mail—all without having to meet a census taker.

Every child co​​​​unts!​

When you fill out the Census form, remember to include all the people that live in your home, from newborns to adults. In the last Census, almost 2 million children under age 5 were not counted. Babies and young children, especially from black, Hispanic, or low-income communities, were most likely to be missed. If we don’t count everyone, especially children between the ages of 0 to 5, the services they may need could be reduced or eliminated.

View this video from our friends from Sesame Street who have a special message for families about the importance of making your family count:

Spread the ​word

This Census, let’s all work together to make sure all kids get counted. Talk to your family and friends that don’t know about the Census and remind them of the importance of being counted.

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The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.
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