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2020 Census

Encourage families to respond to the 2020 Census by completing the questionnaire online, by phone, or by mail. The 2020 Census is a count of every person living in the United States as of April 1, 2020. The questionnaire from the U.S. Census Bureau asks a few simple questions, like the age, sex, and marital status of the people who live in your home, including newborns and non-relatives. Explain that responding to the 2020 census is an easy, safe, and important way to help provide critical resources for children, families, and their communities for the next 10 years. Remind parents and families that federal spending programs rely on information derived from the 2020 Census to guide the distribution of funds to states, counties, cities, and households. Those funds include services communities receive, including those that benefit children, such as Head Start, special education, and after-school programs, school lunch assistance, children’s health insurance, child care, and housing support.Some families might notice census takers in their neighborhood. Let them know that this is a normal part of conducting the census; if they haven’t yet responded to the census, then census takers conduct in-person visits to ensure families are counted. Census takers are legally bound to protect any personal information collected and keep it strictly confidential. To learn more about what to expect, visit

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