Why the Census Matters in the Time of COVID-19

Every 10 years, everyone living in the United States is asked to complete a simple but very important constitutional task: respond to the census. With COVID-19 devastating many New York communities – leaving families worried about their health and that of their loved ones; wondering how they will pay their rent, afford groceries and educate their children – filling out the census may seem unimportant. In fact, the enormous challenges New Yorkers are facing in this crisis underscore the profound importance of having every New Yorker counted so that we are fairly represented in Washington D.C., and receive our fair share of federal resources. 

Looking to the future, when the COVID-19 crisis subside, and New York begins to rebuild, 2020 Census data will determine the share of federal money New York receives for the next 10 years. The funding allotted to programs to support early-childhood well-being and family economic security directly determines the number of people who may benefit. Families’ participation in the census is the link to funding for food assistance, Head Start, childcare, housing support, public schools, early intervention services, children’s health insurance, and more. The Census also determines political representation in Congress, the state legislature, and local government.

Among the groups most commonly undercounted: young children. We are working with NY Counts 2020 and Citizen’s Committee for Children to make it easy for our partners who work directly with families to get out the word about the importance of the census and how to fill out the census. We have cataloged resources for you to send, developed a short newsletter for your next publication and have provided websites and links to make getting counted easy. (links in this paragraph)

Now, more than ever, let’s work together to ensure all New Yorkers are counted, including our young children.

Article Organizations Can Use For Newsletters

On March 9, 2020, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy (SCAA) and the Council for Children and Families (CCF) held a webinar; #CountAllKids: Resources for the 2020 Census.
Watch the recording below or on YouTube.
View the webinar’s PowerPoint.

Additional Resources:
Count All Kids
Google Factsheet
Census Bureau

Resources, Children Specific:
Sesame Street’s 2020 Census Workshop
Pre-K Materials

Resources, Children Specific Toolkits:
Counting Young Children
Count All Kids Toolkit

New York State:
New York State’s Commitment to a Full Count
New York Counts 2020

New York State Resources, Children Specific:
Council on Children and Families 2020 Census
Council on Children and Families Census Coloring Sheet

#CountAllKids Webinar