#2020Census. Everyone Counts!
The #2020Census will count everyone living in your home on April 1, 2020, Census Day.
Since 1790, the United States has counted its population every 10 years as required by the US Constitution (Article 1, Section 2). When you respond to the 2020 Census, your answers are kept anonymous. They are used only to produce statistics. The Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about you, your home, or your business, even to law enforcement agencies. Your privacy is protected under under Title 13 of the U.S. Code.
The 2020 Census marks the first time you'll have the option to respond online. You now have three ways you can reply to the 10 questions asked on your US census survey.
- By phone.
- By mail.
AS A PTA/PTSA, WHY SHOULD YOU SHARE INFORMATION ABOUT THE CENSUS?
As a trusted leader within your community, you have the ability to connect with many families that the US Census considers hard to count and ensure that critical federal funds are allocated to your community.
The 2010 Census missed more than 10 percent of all children under age 5 in the U.S! As an example of how impactful this can be; if a 2 year old is missed, they won't be counted (and federal dollars won't be allocated annually for them) until they are in middle school.
In addition to children under 5, other historically, undercounted groups include; complex families, people with disabilities, non-English speakers, immigrant families, veterans, seniors, young adults aged 18-24 and people living in temporary housing (hotels, a friend's house, shelters etc). Sharing information about the census within your school community can help ensure everyone counts.
Census responses determine the annual allocation of $675 billion of federal funds that are critical for schools, students, and younger children. Approximately $18 billion is received by Virginia and will determine:
- How much money is allocated to special education, Head Start, after-school programs, and classroom technology
- Where schools, libraries, health clinics, fire departments, public transportation and roads are built
- Food assistance, including free and reduced-price school lunches (through SNAP and WIC)
- Maternal and child health programs
- Children's health insurance programs (FAMIS) as well as Medicaid
- How many seats in Congress represent your community.
- Everyone from 1 day old to over 100 years old, even if they are in the hospital.
- Everyone living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands)
- Anyone who lives and sleeps in your home most of the time should be counted including infants, seniors, those not related to you, regardless of nationality.
WHEN DOES THIS HAPPEN?
- JANUARY-MARCH: Prepare and educate
- MARCH 2020: All Households will receive a letter and a reminder postcard
- APRIL 2020: Third reminder letter in mid April. At the end of April, a paper form will be mailed.
- MAY-JUNE: Personalized follow-up starts by phone and in person (remember to check credentials)
LET'S GET OUR COMMUNITIES READY TOGETHER!
KEY MESSAGES TO SHARE:
SAFE: Information is protected under federal law (title 13) and NOT shared with law enforcement or other federal agencies
EASY: A postcard will be mailed in March with instructions. The census form is available in 13 languages, on-line and over the phone.
FAST: It only takes 10 minutes to complete the 10 questions asked on your census form.
IMPORTANT: Money invested in our communities and representation in congress is determined by the census.
VIDEOS TO SHARE:
- What is the Census
- Shape Your Future: 2020 Census
- About the Census in Spanish (Voices for Virginia)
- Apportionment (Dividing Seats in Congress)
- Geographic Data
- Count All Kids
- Dora Census Ad (from 2010)
- More Videos
SPEAKERS FOR YOUR PTA MEETING (or Vendors for an Event)
Counties and Cities across Virginia each have their own complete count committee and flyers designed specifically for your area. The points of contact for your area can attend your PTA meetings or family events to share information and answer questions specifically for your families.
FLYERS & INFO SHEETS
Census 101 Infographic English & Spanish(other languages available)
Coloring Pages in English & Spanish
List of Census Questions
Virginia's Hard to Count Communities
Common Situations Where Children Aren't Counted(family flyer)
Counting Children (How You Can Help)
Counting Virginia's Dollars (GW Institute of Public Policy)