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The Children's Defense Fund strongly encourages you to help promote participation in the 2010 Census. Spread the word now through your networks to ensure everyone will be counted.
The 2010 Census is an official count of everyone residing in the United States on April 1, 2010. An accurate count of all U.S. residents is crucial because the national census is conducted only once every 10 years. The allocation of federal funds to states and localities and decisions about the location of schools, child care centers, and other programs depend on accurate census counts. These counts also are used to determine state representation in the House of Representatives and how Congressional as well as state and local legislative districts are drawn. CDF depends heavily on census data in its advocacy for children. It uses the data in its research and the materials and publications it provides to you, other advocates, and policymakers
In March, a brief 10-item questionnaire (the shortest ever used) will be mailed to every household and must be returned to the U.S. Census Bureau. Most people are counted where they live a majority of the time. Special efforts will be made to reach residents in the language they know. All information provided is confidential and cannot be shared with anyone and no questions are asked about the legal status of residents.
Historically, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, young children, particularly Black children and members of other minority groups, are missed at a higher rate than any other age group in the census. In the 2000 Census, there was an estimated net undercount of more than one million children under age 10. This included more than 750,000 children under age five—or about four percent of the children in this age group.
Help ensure that all children are included in the 2010 Census count. A census undercount means that needy children and families may not get the help they need. Census counts are used, in various ways, for more than 140 federal programs that distribute more than $400 billion each year to states. Federal funding for Head Start, the Children's Health Insurance Program, special education, and foster care are just some of the programs that depend on accurate census counts.
CDF has been designated a Census Information Center for data on children and families by the U.S. Census Bureau.