Make Your Family Count!
Census Day is April 1, 2020 –
Participate in the 2020 Census to make sure your family is represented in decision-making and receiving $675 billion of funding for programs like Head Start, SNAP, WIC, and Medicaid!
Approximately 1 million children are not counted every year. If a child is not counted, their school loses $7,000 in funding for programs, reduced school lunch and more. That is why it is important to complete the 2020 Census!
2020 Census Key Points:
- No Citizenship Question
- The Federal Government has made it illegal for the Census Bureau to question you or your family about citizenship status on the 2020 Census.
- There is no citizenship question and all data is 100% confidential. Census workers take a lifelong oath and face a large fine and possible jail time if they violate the oath.
- The Census Bureau has developed an online Census form for easier access. You can request traditional paper ones here. Families will begin receiving notifications in March – April. You are legally required to complete it by May! Starting in May, anyone who has not completed the Census by the deadline will receive a home visit from a Census worker to fill out the form.
- The Census is used to provide a snapshot of all residents regardless of race, immigration status, age, or language.
Census Bureau Resources
- US Census Bureau
- Video Language Guide – Learn how to fill out the online census questionnaire. Remember, online response option will be the primary response method the Census Bureau will ask residents to use and they can so in 13 languages.
- Census Language Access Hotlines – Available starting on March 9. Respondents can call for assistance in 13 languages.
- Census Questionnaire Guides in 60 Languages – Explanation on how to fill out the paper census questionnaire.
- Sample Census Questionnaires – What the paper questionnaire will look like and how the questions are phrased, in English and Spanish.
Boston Children’s Resources
- Caffeinate and Advocate: The 2020 Census – To watch the video, please click here. Features Nancy Wagman from the MA Budget and Policy Center and Sebastian Zapata the City of Boston Census Liaison.
- 2020Census_Provider FAQ
- If you have a question about the Census please email CAN@childrens.harvard.edu
- Centro Presente Video
- My Black Counts
- Count All Kids Campaign
- Mass Counts 2020 Census FAQs
- City of Boston Key 2020 Census Dates
- ¡Hágase Contar! website Both