The 2010 Decennial Census missed 2.2 million young children ages 0-4, or one in 10 young children. If the Census had counted every child correctly, states would have received over a half billion dollars a year more in funding just from five federal programs.
Census data is used to allocate billions of dollars in federal funding for education, health, transportation, housing, community services, and job training. Moreover, businesses and industries decide where to locate new facilities and services based on census data, creating new jobs and promoting economic growth.
An accurate census count, or lack thereof, has a lasting effect on counties, particularly when it comes to the distribution of federal funds. An under-counted population may lead to a significant decline in federal funding flowing to county governments or county residents.
On May 14, at 2 pm eastern, the National Association of Counties (NACo) will host a call with Deborah Stein, Network Director for the Partnership for America’s Children, and a leader of the Count All Kids Campaign. She will discuss:
- Why counting all children helps them thrive
- Which children are at risk of being missed in the Census, and why they are missed
- What tools they are developing to improve the count of young children
- What steps counties can take now and in 2020.