Why is the Census important?
The Census tells us who we are and where we are going as a nation, and helps our communities determine where to build everything from schools to supermarkets, and from homes to hospitals. It helps the government decide how to distribute funds and assistance to states, cities and towns.
When disasters hit, the census tells rescuers how many people will need their help. For business development, Census numbers help industry locate potential markets.
How does the Census impact schools?
The 2020 Census will determine funding for special education, teacher training, technology, school lunch assistance, Head Start and after-school programs.
People should count all children who live in their homes, including newborns and others too young for school. That’s important because responses to the census help schools plan for the resources they will need when the new generation of children is ready for school.
Some of the federal funding based on census statistics is for services that influence students’ readiness for learning, including maternal and child health programs, and housing, heating and food assistance.