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.
Unless we act, we might miss even more young children in 2020.
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. Now – with the 2020 census fast approaching – it is time to make sure we count all our children.
The Count All Kids Committee and the Count All Kids Campaign are working to make sure that every child is counted in 2020.
Our Committee & Campaign
The Count All Kids Committee is a group of national, state and local children’s organizations and allies that have joined together to ensure our nation’s children are counted in the 2020 Census. Together, committee members lift up the importance of counting children in the census among the public, advocates and allies, and federal, state, and local policymakers, and identify opportunities to improve the count of children, especially young children, in 2020.
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 CLC is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan children’s coalition. The mission of the CLC is to ensure all babies, children, and youth in our nation have the opportunity to develop and achieve their full potential. CLC members include national coalitions, policy and advocacy organizations, and direct service providers, that are working daily to improve the health, education and well-being of babies, children and youth in order to prepare them for school, work, and life. Collectively, CLC’s members have affiliates, partners, and members throughout the nation.
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 2020 Census, supporting national state and local child advocates in their efforts to count all kid.