#CountAllKids: Resources for the 2020 Census
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. With over 30 attendees, the webinar was led by Cate Bohn, the Executive Director of CCF, and Matilda Gragg, SCAA’s AmeriCorps VISTA Fellow. The webinar addressed the importance of counting all kids in the 2020 Census, tools available to educate staff and families about the Census, and where to find materials and educational resources.
Children obtain a strong political representation when counted in the Census. The more number of children counted, the more federal funding for programs that affect social determinants of health, such as Medicaid, CHIP, foster care, and child care. A complete count ensures a better distribution of funds to where they are needed most: low-income schools, special education, and The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
Numerous groups, organizations, and agencies are reaching out to parents and families to ensure all kids are counted. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is encouraging pediatrics to be a source to families for information and education on the 2020 Census. Pediatricians are encouraged to ask parents if they have filled out the Census form for their children, starting at the newborn visit. They are also distributing educational resources, such as factsheets for parents and coloring pages for children. Pediatric health care providers are asked to be sensitive to immigrants’ fears and concerns of being counted in the Census, and to reach out to historically undercounted poor, urban, and minority communities in which they may work. These providers are reassuring immigrants and other concerned parents these Census answers are confidential and will not be used against them in any way.
Amidst the current uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, parents can find comfort in knowing they don’t have to leave home to fill out the Census. New Yorkers can complete the Census online at my2020census.gov or on the phone by calling 844-330-2020.
New York State Resources, Children Specific:
Council on Children and Families 2020 Census
Council on Children and Families Census Coloring Sheet