How Schools Are Working to Count Every Child in the 2020 Census (Daily Herald)
Illinois has set aside $29 million for census outreach efforts in partnership with local community groups, schools, libraries, governments, and social service agencies to get a full count next year. Key to these efforts is leveraging the biggest asset — children.
“Don’t discount the kids,” said Choua Vue, vice president of community impact for Illinois Action for Children and a child of refugees who helped her parents navigate the U.S. system. “They are going to be our largest champions for families that we are not able to access.”
The stakes are high for 2020. Census data is used for the distribution of more than $1.5 trillion in federal funding, grants and support to states, counties and communities. It helps determine funding for schools, hospitals, roads, public works and social services such as Medicaid and college aid.
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