Did you know that children have been underrepresented in every census since 1790?
Every single one.
Why does it matter?
Children have gone uncounted and, as a result, funding for child-focused programs may be inadequate.
The United States conducts a census every ten years. If your babies aren’t counted this time, you won’t be able to fix the error until 2020.
Undercounting children leads to an inaccurate picture of our nation and prevents our communities from getting an accurate share of public funds.
Census counts are used to distribute more than $400 billion of federal funds to states and communities, including child-focused programs like:
- Special Education ($10.8 billion)
- Head Start ($6.9 billion)
- Children’s Health Insurance Program ($5.9 billion)
- Foster Care Title IV-E ($4.7 billion)
- Improving Teacher Quality Grants ($2.9 billion)
Unlike adults, who may bear some responsibility for making sure they are counted in the Census, children are dependent on others to make sure they are included. Yet in 1980, 1990, and 2000, Census Bureau data show children, especially babies, are one of the groups most likely to be missed in the Census.
You’ll receive a Census form in the mail some time this month. When you return it, make sure you record all members of your household, including children and babies.
This is a public service announcement from Global Influence on behalf of the US Census.
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