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Census 2020 - Every Family Deserves to Be Counted
Census 2020 is almost here and our young children, Spanish-speaking, and low-income populations are especially vulnerable to undercounting, which reduces local funding for many critical safety-net programs like Medi-Cal, CalFresh, Section 8, and Head Start. Accurate counting also ensures that our county is fully represented in the state and federal government and makes sure that our most vulnerable populations are visible and counted. Experts estimate that at least 5% of children under age five were not counted in the last census, with higher rates of undercount for Latino children.
Agency staff working with families and young children are a vital link to encourage families to participate in the census. It's important to get the word out about how to participate in the census (especially for families who are sharing housing) and to let immigrant families know that there is no citizenship question. The count will start in mid-March online and by phone. Since we know people need to hear or see information several times before they act on it, we need to start early with outreach and information.
Join us for a SLO County webinar on how providers can help to ensure the count of all young children!
Census 2020 Webinar: February 7, 2020, 11:00-11:30 a.m.
To join the webinar:
Meeting ID: 526 612 113
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
Parent information handout in English and Spanish, customized with San Luis Obispo County wording:
FAQs and messaging from First 5 Association of CA:
More FAQs from 2020 Census Orange County Counts:
Census coloring books and coloring pages (English and Spanish):
Pre-K activities and teacher guide about the Census and counting:
Social media campaign from First 5 Association of CA in English and Spanish:
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