Even though the 2020 Census already began in some parts of the country, we are one month away from households nationwide receiving official Census Bureau invitations to participate. To help ensure that children age four and under are properly counted, we've compiled news updates from the month of February and the latest resources that will help you prepare:
Census News & Updates
- March 12 – 20 - households will begin to receive official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census. This Census, households will have three options by which to participate: online, by phone or by mail.
- February 11 - Twitter announces that it has joined a growing list of social media organizations dedicated to combating disinformation around the Census.
- February 12, the House Committee and Oversight and Reform held a hearing with Census Bureau Director Dr. Steven Dillingham addressing the concerns around preparing for and conducting the Census.
One Thing You Must Do: Get to Know the Census Resources
The Census Counts campaign, a collaborative project led by The Leadership Conference, is partnering with national and local organizations across the country, and they have the resources and training you need to Get Out the Count.
We've compiled the many resources from the Census Counts campaign as well as other organizations:
- Get Out the Count Toolkit: This interactive toolkit provides information, ideas and strategies to encourage participation in the 2020 Census.
- Resource Library: This is the official resource library of Census Counts and is home for all 2020 Census resources, including fact sheets, pledge cards, backgrounders and toolkits.
- Framing the 2020 Census (PDF): This guide will help you frame your 2020 Census messaging about why the Census is important to your specific community, the laws that protect Census data and the different ways people can participate.
- Graphics: Explore the graphics in this open Google Drive folder to use in your social media strategy. Look out for more in the coming months.
Additional Census Resources
- Where are Children Most at Risk of Being Missed in Your Community?: Watch this recorded webinar with Dr. William O'Hare, a demographic expert, that will you help identify the neighborhoods within your community that are at risk for being missed.
- The Census Bureau’s Tips for Avoiding Scams: Learn more about the ways in which scammers are trying to steal people's information and posing at Census Bureau officials and how to help others avoid these criminals.
- ¡Hágase Contar! Resources in English and Spanish: This site has another library of resources in both English and Spanish to help you explain the importance of the Census, how to participate and contact strategies.
- Informational Census Postcards for Families and Caretakers: These postcards are specific to Californians and have been translated into Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Armenian.
Are you feeling prepared for the Census? Let us know what steps you're taking to ensure participation in your community in the comments below.