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.
- Official 2020 U.S. Census Website
- Census Counts Campaign
- United States Census Bureau explains “What is the Census?” video:
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice
- Click here to see what your team at Boston Children’s Hospital is saying about the 2020 Census:
- Boston Children’s Office of Government Relations YouTube page:
- Language Guides to help families complete the Census:
- Language Guides from the U.S. Census Bureau to help You Complete the Census:
- Language Glossaries to define common terms on the 2020 English Census:
- Multilingual Glossaries of Common Terms from the U.S. Census Bureau
- Fact Sheets:
- (PDFs available in the folder)
- Questions asked, confidentiality, avoiding scams:
- Frequently Asked Questions from the U.S. Census Bureau
- Ways to Respond:
- How to Complete the Census
- Who is Required to Respond:
- Who is Required to Complete the Census?
- Wagman, N. (2018). Why The Count Counts: Major Sources of Federal Funding for Massachusetts Affected by Census Counts. WHY THE COUNT COUNTS: Major Sources of Federal Funding for Massachusetts Affected by Census Counts. Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center
- Boston Children’s Hospital Presentation
- 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.
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