The Census is a Children’s Issue
The Constitution requires an accurate count of the nation’s population—a census—every ten years. Unfortunately, the 2010 census missed more than 10 percent of young children, about 2.2 million children, age four or younger.
That’s why FLAEYC is working with our partners to spread the word that ALL Floridians — including young children — should be counted in the 2020 Census.
Unless we act, we might miss even more young children in 2020. When we miss young children in the census it has serious consequences for them, their families, their communities, and our nation – consequences that last for most of their childhood.
- Less representation for their communities in Congress, state legislatures, and on school boards;
- Less federal funding for children’s programs, including health care and education;
- Inadequate data and planning information for policymakers, researchers, business leaders, and advocates; and
- Distorted data in all Census Bureau surveys for the next decade.
Mid-March | The Census Bureau will send the first mailings to households
March 2 – 6 | Statistics in Schools week
March 18 | Count All Kids Day
March 25 | Federation of Pediatric Organizations will have Every Child Counts Day
April 1 | Official Census Day—temporary residents should be counted where they are on April 1
Early May – July | Enumerators will go to household that did not respond; families can still respond
How You Can Help?
- Post Census Resource posters in your childcare centers/ Classrooms
- Send Census Reminders on you Parent Communication apps and School Social Media
- Remind Parents Babies Count!