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The Census is so much more than just a head count. It helps determine how much money communities receive for the critical resources that children and families will depend on for the next 10 years.
It is important to count all children, but those under the age of five (5) are often missed, particularly when they don’t live in the same home as both parents. When newborn babies and young children are not included in the census, support for programs such as health insurance, hospitals, childcare, food assistance, schools, special education programs and early childhood development are impacted. In the 2010 Census, almost 1 million children were not counted and states missed out on at least $550 million a year in various federal funds. If you have children in your home, make sure they are counted in the 2020 Census. Responding to the 2020 Census is an easy, safe, and important way to help provide resources for the children in our community for the next 10 years.
Counting Young Children in the 2020 Census