On Saturday, February 22, The U.S. Census Bureau joined forces with schools and national and state partners including the Ohio Children’s Alliance to host a kid-friendly event designed to raise awareness about the importance of counting young children in the census. Held at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, the event was kicked off with a press conference and opened to a family festival.
According to the Census Bureau, an estimated 1 million children under the age of 5 were not counted in 2010. As you know, especially young children with complex living arrangements such as living in a foster home or living with multiple families under one roof make them even more vulnerable to not being counted. We need to increase awareness about counting them so they get access to the federal resources and services they need.
Here are the Census Bureau’s tips on counting children in the 2020 census:
Count them in the home where they live and sleep most of the time, even if their parents do not live there.
If a child splits time between two homes, count them where they stay most often. If their time is evenly divided, or you don’t know, count them where they are staying on April 1, 2020.
If a child moves during March or April 2020, count them at the address where they are living on April 1, 2020.
Count children that do not have a permanent place to live and are staying with you on April 1, 2020, even if they are only staying temporarily.
Count newborns at the home where they will live and sleep most of the time, even if they are still in the hospital on April 1, 2020.
Please share these tips as census materials will be sent to homes across the country in just a few short weeks!