2018 KIDS COUNT® Data Book reveals that an inaccurate census in 2020 threatens to worsen existing challenges
In today's release of the Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2018 KIDS COUNT® Data Book, North Dakota ranks 11th in the nation for overall child well-being. Although North Dakota ranks well in economic, family, and community indicators, several challenges exist with respect to education and health that could harm children if there is an undercount in the 2020 Census.
Having an accurate count in the 2020 Census is critical to ensuring that we have the resources necessary to address the challenges impacting children and families. When children aren't counted, state and local infrastructures face losing millions of federal dollars for supports. Unfortunately, children under age five are historically one of the most difficult age groups to count in the census.In North Dakota, approximately 4,000 young children live in hard-to-count areas. If just 10% of these children are not counted, North Dakota could lose up to $8 million in federal funds over the next 10 years.
Together we can create a future in which all children and youth have the resources they need to succeed. Thank you for your efforts to improve the health and well-being of North Dakota's children and families.