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Counting Young Children

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Think about the babies who will be born in 2020.

The first smiles. The first steps. The first words. In the years to come, some may need day care, after-school care, or school lunch programs. And all children will need safe communities in which to grow and thrive.

That's why it's so important that we count newborn babies and young children accurately. Responding to the 2020 Census can help shape resources for children and their communities over the next decade. This could include support for health insurance programs, hospitals, child care, food assistance, schools, and early childhood development programs.

If you have children in your home, make sure they are counted in the right place.

  • The general rule is: Count children in the home where they usually live and sleep most of the time, even if their parents do not live there. 
  • If you've just had a baby, and your baby was still in the hospital on April 1, 2020, then count your baby at the home where he or she will live and sleep most of the time. 
  • If children spend time in more than one home, count them where they usually stay most often. If their time is evenly divided, or if you do not know where they stay most often, count them where they were staying on April 1, 2020. 
  • If you are helping to take care of a friend's or family member's child, and the child does not have a permanent place to live, count the child if he or she was staying with you on April 1, 2020—even if it's only temporary.

A complete count of young children is important, but difficult. Learn more by visiting Research on the Undercount of Young Children.

 

Teach Your Kids About the Census

There's no better time to teach the children in your home about the 2020 Census. With school closed across the country, take advantage of free and engaging materials from the Census Bureau's Statistics in Schools program, including preschool resources available in both English and Spanish, to engage children under age 5.

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Spread the word about the importance of counting young children by sharing the materials below.

Counting Young Children Fact Sheets

These fact sheets give information about counting young children and why it's important.

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Counting Young Children FAQ

This item answers commonly asked questions about counting young children.

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Counting Young Children in the 2020 Census

Describes the challenges involved in accurately counting young children and how you can help ensure all children are counted in 2020.

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Poster About Counting Young Children (Option 1)

Posters About Counting Young Children

Highlight the importance of counting young children in the 2020 Census.

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Half-Page Handout About Counting Newborns

Half-Page Handout About Counting Newborns

Highlights the importance of counting babies born on or before April 1, 2020.

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2020 Census Made Simple

Video: Every Moment Counts (:30)

This PSA highlights the importance of including everyone in a household in the 2020 Census—including all children, extended family, and unrelated individuals.


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Radio: Every Moment Counts

This PSA highlights the importance of including everyone in a household in the 2020 Census—including all children, extended family, and unrelated individuals.


Fact Sheet for Asian American Audiences

Explains how census responses are used and how they impact Asian American families and communities.

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 Fact Sheet for Hispanic Audiences

Explains how the 2020 Census impacts Hispanic audiences and that responses are confidential.

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Fact Sheet for Homeless Audiences

Explains the importance of the 2020 Census and how persons experiencing homelessness can respond.

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Fact Sheet for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders

Explains how to respond to the 2020 Census and why responding is important for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities.

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Fact Sheet for Multigenerational Households

Explains the importance of counting everyone in your household in the 2020 Census, including grandparents and young children.

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Fact Sheet for Puerto Rico

Explains how responding to the 2020 Census can create a stronger future for Puerto Rico.

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Information for Black/African American Audiences

Half-Page Handout for Black/African American Audiences

Explains how the 2020 Census impacts the Black/African American community.

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Half Page Handout for Rural Audiences

Half-Page Handouts for Rural Audiences

Explain how 2020 Census data can inform decisions on infrastructure and health care in rural communities.

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Fact Sheet For Complex Households

Explains how people in complex living situations should be counted in the 2020 Census.

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Across the country, individuals like you are helping to ensure all children are counted in the 2020 Census. Visit Outreach Materials for more information to share.