The upcoming Census faces challenges particularly harmful to young children. Census counts determine funding for many programs and supports for children and their families, so it is critical that the Census is accurate and fair, but many experts warn that young children in particular may be undercounted.

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Funder Conversations

Making the Census Count for Young Children: A Funder Strategy Conversation

Monday, October 8 at 4:00 pm eastern The Census faces a major problem – undercounting young children, especially those in low-income or immigrant families. These children and families face the consequences for years, including decreased funding for necessary supports, such as food programs, affordable housing, and education. We can do better! Funders are gearing up…

Funder Q&A with Gary Bass, The Bauman Foundation

Gary Bass, Executive Director, The Bauman Foundation The Bauman Foundation works to preserve a true democratic society by working in the areas of economic justice, federal tax policy, income inequality, and government and corporate accountability. Bauman’s grants encourage open government and civic participation in the political process. Gary Bass is the Executive Director of The…

Related News & Updates

Counting Young Children in the 2020 Census – US Census Bureau

Young children are the most under-counted group in the Census. The Census Bureau released this brief on what you can do to make sure that all young children are counted in 2020. Counting Young Children in the 2020 Census

2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book – The Annie E. Casey Foundation

The 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book provides a state-by-state look at child outcomes and trends in the US. This year, the focus was on the young child undercount in the Census – why it matters and what we can do to alleviate the problem in 2020.

2020 Census – The Leadership Conference

The Leadership Conference offers countless resources on the Census, including information on how it works, citizenship questions, funding allocation, and the impact on hard to count populations, including young children and communities of color.

Hard to Count Communities

Some places face greater challenges to a fair and accurate Census count than others. This interactive map provides information on how “hard to count” is defined and allows you to search by state, county, and legislative districts to see what communities near you may face greater struggles. Rural communities often face unique challenges during Census…

Counting for Dollars 2020 – GW Institute of Public Policy

This comprehensive research report from the GW Institute of Public Policy outlines the largest federal programs that allocate funding based on the Census. It also details why Census accuracy matters for states and communities. Also included is research on how the Census affects state budgets over time.

Census 2020 Funder Toolkit – Funders Census Initiative

Our partners, the Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation (FCCP), launched a group of funders working together on Census issues – the Funders Census Initiative (FCI). FCI put together this incredible toolkit.¬†It includes information on contributing public comments related to the citizenship question, key milestones to know about, fact sheets, funder strategies, and a recommended plan…