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Why 2020 Matters for Schools

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A diverse group of young children, wearing backpacks and smiling as they run across a school walkway

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How the 2020 Census Affects Children

The 2020 Census count impacts the federal funds that communities receive each year for programs and services that are critical for schools, students, and younger children, such as:

  • Special education, Head Start, after-school programs, and classroom technology.
  • Food assistance, including free and reduced-price school lunches.
  • Maternal and child health programs.

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2020 Resources

New Statistics in Schools (SIS) classroom activities and materials for the 2019-2020 school year spotlight the 2020 Census and the importance of making sure everyone is counted, especially children. Download these resources for pre-K through 12th grade today.

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Get Involved

Make a difference for schools, students, and communities. Learn about all the things you can do to promote SIS and a full count of children in the 2020 Census.

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Counting Children

Newborn babies and children under 5 are often missed in the census, with consequences that can impact nearly their entire childhood. Learn more about the consequences—and the resources you can use, as an educator, to help children be counted.

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2020 Maps

Capture the attention of students with large, colorful maps filled with fun census-based facts about the country and its territories.

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Sign up for the newsletter that highlights timely SIS events and materials, including new classroom activities for the 2019-2020 school year.

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