MAKE SURE EVERYBODY COUNTS
Children under 5 are the group most undercounted in the Census. This may happen because they live in large, extended families; with multiple families; in more than one home; or with caregivers who are not relatives.
In Illinois, the 2010 Census missed 36,000 young children, which cost $340 million in lost funding for education, health care, housing, and other programs that provide critical support for children, families, and communities. Helping families complete the Census is an easy, safe, and important way we can all help shape the future for children.
Make sure everybody is counted by encouraging the families you work with every day to complete the Census.
- Who is counted? Everyone living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five US territories on April 1, 2020, is required by law to be counted in the 2020 Census—regardless of their citizenship.
- Where are they counted? Infants born on or before April 1 and children of any age should be counted in the household where they live or sleep most often, regardless of whether they are related.
- When does this start? Census forms will be mailed to every household starting in mid-March. The Census questionnaire should be completed by the end of April to avoid a home visit.
- How is information collected? It takes just 10 minutes to complete the questionnaire, and it can be completed by mail, by phone, or online. Guides and instructions are available in 59 non-English languages. By completing the Census in March or April, families can avoid a visit from Census Bureau workers, who will go door to door later in the spring gathering information from homes that have not submitted their data.
- What information is collected? The Census asks how many people live in each household and simple questions about each person. It does not ask about immigration status.
- Is information kept safe? Strict laws preserve the privacy of Census data. The Census Bureau cannot share your answers and personal information with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or any other agency.
You can inspire others. Tell everyone that responding to the Census helps shape the future of our families and communities. We are preparing a toolkit of resources to help you encourage families to get counted. Check back here in March.