April News & Resources on the 2020 Census

April 01, 2020

Children lined up outside


April 1 is National Census Day, and by now every home should have received an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. So far, more than 30% of households across the country have responded, but there is still a long way to go to ensure a full and accurate count.  

Unfortunatelywith activities across the nation paused to respond to COVID-19, many experts are concerned that Census participation could be negatively affected. Now more than ever, the Census needs your help to ensure all young children are properly countedThe good news is, even during these difficult times, you can still easily participate in the Census, and urge others to do so as well.

Census News & Updates 

  • The Census has officially announced operational adjustments (PDF download) in response to COVID-19, along with a revised schedule.  
  • The self-response phase for online or phone participation is officially extended from July 31 to August 14 
  • Read more on how the novel coronavirus could hurt the accuracy of the 2020 Census.  
  • Curious about the response rate in your state? Check out the Census Self-Response Tracker to find out.  

One Thing You Must Do:Digital Outreach Amid COVID-19  

With social distancing measures in place across the country, digital outreach to encourage Census participation is even more crucial. The Census Bureau itself is encouraging all households to participate online or by phone. Instructions are included on all mailed invitations.  

Here are resources you can start sharing today:  

Additional Resources 


Take Action: Tell your Members of Congress to include support for child care in their COVID-19 response.

Topics: Policy & Advocacy

Jacob Stewart

Written by Jacob Stewart

Jacob Stewart is currently the Manager of Policy and Governmental Affairs at Child Care Aware® of America. Prior to this, he worked for a U.S. Senator, received his Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Cambridge, and taught 7th- and 8th-grade math in a public school for three years.