March and April are critical months for the future of our community. Once every 10 years the Constitution requires every person to be counted-adults, children, babies, citizens, immigrants, or visitors. We observe the Census Day on April 1st. Approximately 10% of children in our community were undercounted in 2010, and they are our future. If they aren't counted this year then they don't count for the next ten years missing their entire childhood. At the end of March, every home will receive a notice to complete the Census online, on the phone, or by mail. It is essential that you, as partners, help our community understand the importance of the Census, so we get an accurate count of not only our adults but some of our most precious assets, our children. To have our children ready for Kindergarten, we need to make sure the resources they need are provided by having all kid’s counted.
States use census data to allocate federal funding for our children:
- Health insurance programs like Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance program
- Education programs like Title I funding to schools in low-income communities and special education funding for children with disabilities
- Programs that keep children safe, like foster care
- Nutrition programs like WIC, Lunch Programs for Children
- Child care development programs by helping pay for quality child care
As partners let's educate, support and help our community get an accurate count of our earliest learners and their families.
"Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships." Thank you for being a part of the team to work toward all children in our community being supported and ready for Kindergarten.
Together We Can!