The Decennial Census happens every ten years and it is the only time we count everyone--adults, children and babies, citizens, and immigrants. Census data informs the allocation of federal, state, and local dollars while states, localities, and businesses use census data for community planning, including where to open new stores and distribute school funding.
Yet, in 2010, one in ten young children were missed in the Census, mostly due to households leaving them off in the questionnaire. A complete count of young children in the Census is critical to the child's and family's access to resources such as housing, child care, equitable education, and health care. Early childhood funders also face obstacles in advocating for children and families when Census data are unreliable and incomplete.
Join us for a conversation with and for funders to explore the factors contributing to young children's under-count in the Census and actionable strategies that funders can undertake to ensure that every child is counted when the next Census takes place on April 1, 2020.