Census 2020 and COVID-19

CITE is pleased to offer this message and resources about Census 2020 from Advocates for Children of NJ!

In light of the current coronavirus pandemic, the importance of the social safety net (child care funding, Medicaid, SNAP, school meals, hospitals) has never been clearer, which makes it even more important to have an accurate Census count. The 2020 Census will determine the funding our schools, hospitals and communities get for the next decade!

Although the pandemic has impacted and delayed Census operations, people can still self-respond safely, confidentially and easily from home (online at 2020census.gov, over the phone at 844-330-2020 or by mail). It’s important that we emphasize this to parents and families to ensure all kids are counted.

Here are some ideas for action:

  • Send the link to the 2020 Census with an email message to family and friends. (sample message: “Don’t forget to make your kids count in the 2020 Census. It takes just 10 minutes! Complete your Census safely from home at 2020Census.gov”)
  • Share a #CensusSelfie of your own Census completion and share with your families and personal networks (Instructions here:  https://acnj.org/take-action-censusselfie-challenge/ )
  • Download a FREE copy of the “We Count!” Ebook to read with children (Download for free with the code DOWNLOAD at checkout:   https://www.wecountkids.org/we-count-pdfs
  • Share ACNJ’s 7-minute “What You Need To Know” about the Census with your family and friends.

If you have additional suggestions for how to encourage families to complete the 2020 Census, please let us know. We are all struggling to figure out how to increase response rates during the COVID-19 pandemic without door-knocking, in-person events or gatherings of people.

We encourage you to share these ideas for action regarding the 2020 Census. Thank you!

Example of Parent & Caregiver Engagement Cards

Long time CITE member, Mary Lou Allen, initiated these ‘Building Brains from Birth to 36 Months of Life’  parent & caregiver engagement cards!
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