Duval Counts Community Ambassador Newsletter
I February 2020 - Issue 3 I
Community Ambassadors: Call to Action
It is essential that you share with your community about why the Census is important, the benefits of completing the Census and how to respond accurately and safely. The Duval Counts Complete Count Committee has developed the Duval Counts Community Ambassador Newsletter to assist you with educating and motivating your coworkers, employees, family members and neighbors to self-respond to the 2020 Census. The toolkit materials in these newsletters will cover a range of topics, including what questions will be asked & why, how the Census will enumerate specific populations and how to avoid scams & fraud. 

Join us to ensure everyone in Duval County is accurately counted!
Mark Your Calendar:
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail . When you respond to the Census, you tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020 .
Help us shape our children's future
Counting Young Children: Why it is Important
In the 2010 Census, nearly 1 million children (4.6% of children under the age of 5) were not counted, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In fact, children under age 5 are one of the largest groups of under-counted people in the United States.

Counting young children will be vitally important in the 2020 Census because population statistics are used by local, state, and federal lawmakers to determine how to spend billions of dollars in federal and state funds annually over the next 10 years. Much of this money funds programs that directly affect children. They include nutrition assistance, Head Start, special education, foster care, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and housing assistance to help a child’s family.

Because census results help determine where federal funds are distributed for programs that are important for children, an accurate count can shape a child’s future for the next decade and beyond. It’s important to count young children now so that they have the resources they need as they grow up. It all begins with responding to the 2020 Census.
How to Count Children in the 2020 Census
Here are Census Bureau guidelines for counting children:

  • 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.

  • Include non-relatives, foster children, and children with no other place to live, even if they are only living at the address temporarily on April 1st.
Counting Young Children: Why they are Missed
There are many reasons young children are undercounted in the census. Research shows that children living with large, extended families or with multiple families under one roof are at greater risk of being missed. These children may have more than one home and may not be related to the person responding to the census for their household.

Sometimes children are missed simply because adults in their households don’t return the census questionnaire. Most often, people who do return the forms just forget to count everyone under their roof. They may leave off young children who live with them or may be staying with them temporarily.
How YOU Can Help
Share Fact Sheets about Counting Young Children
Help us shape our children's future - make sure all of our children are counted in the right place!
The fact sheets below provides information about counting young children and why it's important.Click on the picture to save the JPEG or click on the button to view the PDF.
Counting Young Children
Fact Sheet #1
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Counting Young Children
Fact Sheet #2
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Education and
Awareness
  • Use information from the Duval Counts Community Ambassador Newsletters in creative ways—such as in newsletter articles, bulletins, mailings and in social media content—to raise awareness of the 2020 Census.
  • Host a 2020 Census informational or Q&A session.
  • Invite us to speak to your organization or at a conference, festival, or community gathering.
  • Add 2020 Census materials to event information and invite us to host a table. 
  • Include information about the 2020 Census in correspondence (e-mails, bills, a website banner).
  • Hang 2020 Census posters in common areas
Motivation and
Participation
  • Provide computers/tablets that can be used to complete the 2020 Census.
  • Offer transportation for people to visit locations, such as libraries where they can respond to the 2020 Census online.
  • Include an incentive for your customers in their purchases to complete the 2020 Census. 
  • Host a contest promoting the 2020 Census and feature the winner.
Contact us to learn more about how you can partner with us to ensure everyone in Duval is accurately counted!
Sample Media Content & Resources
As a Community Ambassador, you play a critical role in the public education and outreach effort. It is essential that you share information about the 2020 Census with your community to ensure everyone in Duval County is accurately counted. Provided below are sample media content and resources for you to copy, paste, edit and share with your network.
Read & Share Previous Newsletters -
Issue 1 - Census 101 Part 1
Learn important information about the 2020 Census, why an accurate count is important, how the Census Bureau will conduct the count and about the accessibility of the 2020 Census.
Issue 2 - Census 101 Part 2
Learn about how the Census Bureau protects your data, how to frauds & scam, what questions will be asked & why and about the programs that are impacted by Census data.
For social media -

Counting all kids is very important to the @USCensusBureau. If any children live in your home, make sure you count them on your #2020Census form. Learn more about who to count at https://2020census.gov/en/who-to-count . #DuvalCounts

Responding to the #2020Census can help shape resources for our children and our community over the next decade. This includes support for health insurance programs, hospitals, child care, food assistance, schools, and early childhood development programs. Learn more by visiting https://2020census.gov/en/who-to-count/young-children.html . #DuvalCounts

In the 2010 Census, a n estimated 5 percent of kids under the age of 5 weren’t counted. That’s about 1 million young children, the highest of any age group. We need your help closing this gap in the 2020 Census. Because census results help determine where federal funds are distributed for programs that are important for children, an accurate count can shape a child’s future for the next decade and beyond. Visit 2020Census.gov to learn how to count young children in your home. #DuvalCounts
Graphics to Share -
Kids Graphic 1
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Kids Graphic 2
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Kids Graphic 3
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To post in common spaces -
Counting Young Children - Poster 1
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Counting Young Children - Poster 2
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