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Census Resources for Educators

The importance of the U.S. Census to the well-being of children and the strength of their public schools cannot be overstated.

Using census data, the federal government allocates tens of billions of dollars in education funds to states and localities annually using formulas that factor in population and poverty levels.

An accurate census count is the critical first step to helping educators address the needs of every child who walks through their doors. The census count happens only once every 10 years; when we undercount young children, the consequences can last most of their childhood.

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Key Dates for the 2020 Census

  • March 2020

    Start Filling out the Census
    Every household will receive a mailing from the U.S. Census Bureau with instructions to visit their website. You can also complete the census by telephone or mail.

  • March 2-6, 2020

    Statistics in Schools Week
    Educators across the country unite to teach students about the importance of the census.

  • March 23, 2020

    National Census Week

  • April 1, 2020

    Census Day

  • Late April to Early June 2020

    Non-response Follow-up, Enumerator Visits
    For the 2020 Census, the U.S. Census Bureau will only visit homes that do not respond to the census. Census takers, also known as enumerators, will visit households that did not respond starting in late-April through early-July of 2020.

Lesson Plans & Activities

Activities designed specifically by educators for PreK-12 and ELL/Adult ESL students spotlight the 2020 Census and the importance of making sure everyone is counted, especially children.

Additional Resources

Census.gov
Official government website 

Statistics In Schools
Activities and lesson plans from the U.S. Census Bureau 

CensusCounts.org
A collaborative campaign to make sure that the 2020 Census is fair and accurate