Apr 29, 2020
We All Count: A Census Week of Action
Did you know that an estimated 5 percent of kids under the age of 5 weren’t counted in the 2010 Census? That’s about one million young children, the highest of any age group! Join LINC from April 27 - May 1 as we kick off a Census Week of Action. We want families to know why filling out the 2020 census survey is so critical to the wellbeing of our communities. We need your help closing this gap in the 2020 Census and here is what we learned about why many young children were not counted in 2010. WHERE - If the child truly spends equal amounts of time between two homes, count them where they stayed on Census Day, April 1. Don’t forget newborn babies on census forms, even if they are still in the hospital on April 1st. WHY - $675 billion in local funding for programs such as food stamps (also called the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program or SNAP), the National School Lunch Program, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is determined by the census results. When children are missed in the census, these programs miss out on funding. HOW - It only takes 10 minutes to complete, and parents can fill it out online or over the phone in addition to paper at a time that works best for them. Look out for LINC's educational recommendations on this topic over the next week, including We Count, a publication by Simply Put Media that is available in multiple languages and explains the census in simple terms that everyone can understand and Get Counted, NYC! - A Video of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez & Lin-Manuel Miranda on the 2020 Census. Help LINC spread the word so that we all get the funding our communities need. Click here to respond to the 2020 census and get counted!