Critically, the census results determine the allocation of $675 billion in federal funding for public schools and universities. Schools are particularly vulnerable to the funding shortfalls if there is an undercount. Educators and community groups can help spread the word on the importance of the census and help dispel myths on the decennial count. To help tool your advocacy, see the resources here to equip you in your census conversations with others in your community.
The U.S. Census Bureau’s sudden decision to cut short its population counting window jeopardizes the future of millions of youth. The Census Bureau has always had a problem with undercounting marginalized populations, which impacts distribution of critical education dollars and political representation. The 2020 Census had the added burden of operating in the midst of a pandemic.
By eliminating a whole month of counting as schools reopen, an undercount of crisis levels is practically certain.
See our infographic PDF: Show your school spirit by making sure your families are counted!
The 2020 Census is Here – Schools Should be Active, by Bricio Vasquez, Ph.D.
Statement: Education Impact of Supreme Court Decision on Citizenship Question, by Morgan Craven
Statistics in Schools – Census Activities, U.S. Census Bureau
2020 Census: Why and How to Build Understanding in Your School Community, National School Public Relations Association
Resources to Encourage a Strong 2020 Census, Council for a Strong America
How School Districts Can Help With Census 2020, January Advisors
Fliers and Social Images
Shape the future for your family and community poster U.S. Census Bureau (English)
Dale forma al futuro de nuestros niños. Empieza con el Censo del 2020. U.S. Census Bureau (Spanish)
Remember to count your newborn handout by U.S. Census Bureau (English)
Everyone livng in your home counts. U.S. Census Bureau (English)
You can respond to the 2020 Census in Spanish U.S. Census Bureau (English/Spanish)
Shape the next generation. Count Them. U.S. Census Bureau (English)
Dale forma a la próxima generación. Cuéntalos. U.S. Census Bureau (Spanish)
Make all children count in 2020 Factsheet NALEO (English/Spanish)
Counting Young Children Option1 U.S. Census Bureau (English)
Counting Young Children Option 2 U.S. Census Bureau (English)