What is the U.S. Census?
Every 10 years the government reports the number of people living in the United States by conducting a count the Census. It is required by the U.S. Constitution.
Who should be counted?
EVERYONE! Young, old, infants, children, elderly. Everyone in the household should be counted. Nationality, citizenship status, race, age, or gender doesn’t matter. Children have been undercounted in every census since the first one in 1790.
Why is The Census Important?
Census counts are used, in whole or in part, for more than 140 programs that distribute more than $400 billion of federal funds to states and localities, including such child-focused programs as:
- Special Education Grants to states ($10.8 billion)
- Head Start ($6.9 billion)
- State Children’s Health Insurance Program ($5.9 billion)
- Foster Care Title IV-E ($4.7 billion)
- Improving Teacher Quality State Grants ($2.9 billion)
So keep an eye on the mail and in about a week or two and promise to take 10 minutes out of your day and fill out your Census forms. It really matters!