Friday, March 05, 2010

Make Sure Your Children Get Counted in the 2010 Census

Children Count Too! United States Census 2010

The Census Bureau has teamed up with Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer to help spread the word that all children needed to be counted in the 2010 Census.

Many parents may not realize the importance of accurately reporting the number of children in their family, including newborns. The truth is that the undercount of children means that we do not get a true picture of our nation, and our communities do not get their rightful share of public funds.

Children have been undercounted in every census since the first one in 1790. Local communities rely on census information in planning for schools, child care, health and other critical services. Babies need to be counted today, so they can benefit tomorrow from community services.

Census counts are used, in whole or in part, for more than 140 programs that distribute more than $400 billion of federal funds to states and localities, including such child-focused programs as:

• Special Education Grants to states ($10.8 billion)
• Head Start ($6.9 billion)
• State Children’s Health Insurance Program ($5.9 billion)
• Foster Care Title IV-E ($4.7 billion)
• Improving Teacher Quality State Grants ($2.9 billion)

Unlike adults, who may bear some responsibility for making sure they are counted in the Census, children are dependent on others to make sure they are included. Yet in 1980, 1990, and 2000, Census Bureau data show children, particularly young children, are one of the groups most likely to be missed in the Census. In fact, in the 2000 Census, there was a net undercount of more than 1 million children under age 10.

The Census only comes around every ten years. So when you receive your Census form in mid-March, make sure your child (no matter how old) is counted!

DISCLOSURE: This post is part of Global Influence’s public service outreach program. As a thank-you for spreading the word, Global Influence has entered me into a drawing to win one of five $20 Amazon e-gift cards.


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