It’s time to make sure

The census is easy, safe, and important.

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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How to Fill Out Your Census


The fastest and easiest way to fill out your census is online. All households should have received a mailing with a unique code to use.

By Phone

You have the option of completing the questionnaire by phone. To begin, call 844-330-2020

By Mail

All homes will receive a paper questionnaire if they do not first respond online or by phone.

In Person

A representative from the U.S. Census Bureau will visit households in person if they do not respond online, by phone, or by mail.

Free Lessons for All Grades

Statistics in Schools (SIS) is a program fueled by census data that provides free learning materials for grades pre-K through 12. It includes more than 200 activities and resources in a variety of subjects.

Who to Count

Count everyone who stays in your home, whatever their age or relationship, even if they are not staying permanently.

Be sure to count:

✔️ Infants, babies and toddlers.
✔️ Grandparents or grandchildren, or nieces, nephews or friends
✔️ Boarders, renters and family members seeking shelter. 


Key Dates for the 2020 Census

  • Going on now

    Fill out your census
    Filling out the census is easy! Fill it out online, by phone, or by mail.

  • August 14

    Deadline to fill out your Census
    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 and ending on August 14.

Order a Digital Toolkit to Raise Awareness of the Census

Digital Toolkit

Access downloads of posters, flyers, stickers, lesson plans, and more to raise visibility of the census.


Flyers to send home are available in five different languages.


Unlock access to lesson plans for different grade levels and subject areas.


Download these vibrant graphics to print or post online and share facts about the census.

Educators continue census outreach, despite COVID-19

Despite the unprecedented challenge, many educators who were engaged in community organizing around the census refuse to let up now.

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