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    May 20, 2020

    Making children count in the 2020 Census

    Children under age 5 are one of the largest groups of undercounted people in the United States. In fact, in the 2020 Census, nearly 1 million children were not counted, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s 4.6% of children under the age of 5 in the U.S.

    Why does it matter? Population counts from the Census are used to fund programs that directly affect children in our community, and being undercounted means being underfunded. These programs can include nutrition assistance, Head Start, special education, foster care, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and housing assistance to help their families.

    If you have children in your home, make sure they are counted in the right place:

    • The general rule is: Count children in the home where they usually live and sleep most of the time, even if their parents do not live there.
    • If you’ve just had a baby, and your baby was still in the hospital on April 1, 2020, then count your baby at the home where he or she will live and sleep most of the time.
    • If children spend time in more than one home, count them where they usually stay most often. If their time is evenly divided, or if you do not know where they stay most often, count them where they were staying on April 1, 2020.
    • If you are helping to take care of a friend’s or family member’s child, and the child does not have a permanent place to live, count the child if he or she was staying with you on April 1, 2020—even if it’s only temporary.

    Fill our your household’s Census today at My2020Census.gov.

     
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