Children And The Census
Unfortunately, the 2010 census missed more than 10 percent of young children – one of every ten children aged 0-4, or about 2.2 million children. That’s newborns, babies, toddlers and young children in day care or pre-k programs. e are still analyzing data from the 2020 census, but early indicators show a similar trend.
Unless we act, we may miss even more young children in future Decennial Census.
When we miss young children in the census it has serious consequences for them, their families, their communities, and our nation – with many of those consequences lasting for at least 10 years (for most of their childhood).
- diminished representation in Congress, state legislatures, and school boards;
- less federal funding for children’s programs in states and communities;
- inadequate data and planning information for policymakers, researchers, business leaders and advocates; and
- distorted data in all Census Bureau surveys for the next decade.
Children should matter in policy discussions at the national, state and local levels. It is time to make sure we count all our children and represent them accurately in data.
The Count All Kids Committee and the Count All Kids Campaign are working to make sure that every child is counted in in every Decennial Census.
Our Committee & Campaign
The Count All Kids Committee originally formed as national, state, and local children’s organizations and allies that joined together to ensure our nation’s children were counted in the 2020 Census. We continue to work to raise awareness among the public, advocates, allies and policymakers, and to identify opportunities to improve the count of children in each Decennial Census as well as other data that the Census Bureau provides on children – especially young children.
The Count All Kids Campaign is a public outreach effort to work with advocates, state and local policy makers, service providers and others to persuade families with young children to fill out the census questionnaire and include their children.
The Committee is led jointly by First Focus, ZERO TO THREE, Coalition on Human Needs and the Partnership for America’s Children. Dr. William O’Hare serves as an informal advisor to the Committee on data issues.
The Coalition on Human Needs (CHN) is an alliance of national organizations working together to promote public policies which address the needs of low-income and other vulnerable populations. The Coalition’s members include civil rights, religious, labor, and professional organizations, service providers and those concerned with the well being of children, women, the elderly, and people with disabilities.
First Focus is a bipartisan advocacy organization dedicated to making children and families the priority in federal policy and budget decisions. First Focus leads a comprehensive advocacy strategy, with its hands-on experience with federal policy making and a commitment to seeking policy solutions.
ZERO TO THREE‘s mission is to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life. As a membership-based organization, it takes a unique approach to child development by connecting those who can truly make a difference in the life of a child with the research, resources and tools they need. It leads a number of private and public initiatives while frequently partnering with other leaders in the child development field. The ZERO TO THREE Policy Center advances policy solutions designed to support and strengthen families, raise awareness and promote action on behalf of babies and toddlers.
The Partnership for America’s Children is a network of nonpartisan child policy advocacy organizations that represent children and their needs at the local, state, and national level within and across states. The Partnership is serving as the national hub for the undercount of young children in the census, supporting national state and local child advocates in their efforts to count all kid.