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Why the 2020 Census Matters for Schools

  • What is the 2020 Census?

    The 2020 Census counts every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. Participating in the census is required by law, even if you recently completed another survey from the Census Bureau. A complete and accurate count is critical for you and your community because the results of the 2020 Census will affect community funding, schools, congressional representation, and more. 

    How Does the 2020 Census Affect Our Children & Schools?

    The 2020 Census count impacts the federal funds that communities receive each year for programs and services that are critical for schools, students, and younger children, such as:

    • Special education, Head Start, after-school programs, and classroom technology
    • Food assistance, including free and reduced-price school lunches
    • Maternal and child health programs

    Your Response Matters Nationally & Locally

    April 1 is Census Day, a key reference date for the 2020 Census. When completing the census, you will include everyone living in your home on April 1, 2020. Census Day will be celebrated with events across the country.


    How to Respond to the Census 

Learn About the Census

  • How the 2020 Census Will Invite Everyone to Respond
  • Counting Young Children in the 2020 Census
  • The 2020 Census and Confidentiality
  • Sample 2020 Census Questionnaire
  • Download maps created for students that are filled with fun census-based facts about the country and its territories.
  • Activities for students teaching the importance of a complete count in the 2020 Census.