Census 2020: Young Children and the Census Undercount, a conversation with EC Funders

The Decennial Census happens every ten years and it is the only time we count everyone–adults, children and babies, citizens, immigrants, and visitors. Census data informs the allocation of federal, state, and local dollars, and states, localities, and businesses use census data for community planning, including where to open new stores and distribute school funding.  
Yet, in 2010, one in five children were missed because their family did not return the form, and four in five children lived in families that returned the form but didn’t include the young child on it. An under-count of young children in the Census is critical to the child’s and family’s access to resources such as housing, jobs, equitable education, and health care. Early childhood funders also face obstacles in advocating for children and families when Census data is unreliable and misrepresents demographic data.
On June 5, 2019, ECFC hosted a conversation with Deborah Stein, Network Director, Partnership for America’s Children, or funders to explore the factors contributing to young children’s under-count in the Census and actionable strategies that funders can undertake to ensure that every child is counted when the next Census takes place on April 1, 2020.  Featuring Kiki Jamieson, Ph.D., President, The Fund for New Jersey, and Florencia Gutierrez, Senior Research Associate – KIDS COUNT, Annie E. Casey Foundation, the webinar explored ways funders are and can be elevating this issue in preparation for the 2020 census.

June 5th Webinar Archives

Webinar recording  (audio and video) [YouTube]

Slide Deck (including supplemental data slides) [PPT] 

Count All Kids videoproduced by the Annie E. Casey Foundation as a tool for helping advocates (and anyone interested in seeing America’s kids thrive) explain the importance of counting young children in the Census. [YouTube]

Speaker/Funder Census Initiatives

Fund for New Jersey
Advocates for Children of New Jersey
Annie E. Casey Foundation Blog – Each Decade We Have a Chance to Get It Right
2018 Kids Count Data Book, special focus: Census 2020

Related ECFC Features:

ECFC Census 2020 & The Young Child Undercount Resources
5 Things EC Funders Can Do 
Examples of Funder Actions to Count All Kids

Census Resources:

Resources for Funders: