MARCH / APRIL 2020
Five Ways the Census Shapes Your Child's Future
Infants and toddlers under the age of 4 are among the most likely to be under counted during the 2020 Census. When children are under counted, it can affect the planning and funding of education, health care and city/rural infrastructure that is important to your family. 
The census only happens every 10 years, so your 3-year-old child today will be a teenager by the time the census rolls around again. Make sure every member of your family, young and old, is counted so accurate census data is available for planning and fund allocation in these five key areas.
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Infrastructure   
Census data is used in the planning of roads, water projects and waste disposal systems. Those same statistics also provide baseline numbers for disaster funding, preparation, rescue coordination and even the location of fire stations.
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Education 
Funding for Head Start, Pell Grants, school lunches, rural education, adult education, and grants for preschool special education are determined by census data. A large increase in population may also show a need for additional schools and child care programs .
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Health Care 
Programs such as Medicaid, Medicare Part B, State Children's Health Insurance, and the prevention and treatment of substance abuse all use census data. This same data also determines the need for clinics, hospitals and life-saving rural ambulance volunteers.
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Redistricting 
Census results are used to adjust or redraw electoral districts, based on where populations have increased or decreased. State legislatures or independent bipartisan commissions are responsible for redrawing congressional districts based off this census data. 
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Business
Business owners rely on census results to make decisions about where to open and expand new stores, restaurants, factories and offices. An accurate count of the current and trending population helps them recruit employees and know which products and services to offer.
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