What is the Census?

The census is a count of every person who lives in the United States and its territories. It happens every 10 years. In early 2020, you will be asked to count everyone who lives in your home as of April 1. Responding to the 2020 Census is a chance to shape your future. Responses drive decisions on the annual allocation of more than $675 billion in federal funds to states and communities, which includes support for school programs and services such as:

  • Special Education
  • Free and Reduced Meals
  • Class-size Reduction
  • Classroom Technology
  • Teacher Training
  • After-school Programs
  • Early Learning
  • Head Start

Census 101: What You Need to Know - English

Census 101: What You Need to Know - Spanish

Statistics in Schools Curriculum Materials for Teachers: March 2 - 6

New activities designed specifically for the 2019-2020 school year spotlight the 2020 Census and the importance of making sure everyone is counted, especially children. The decennial count impacts the federal funds that communities receive for special education, classroom technology, teacher training, after-school programs, school lunch assistance, and more.

Use activities for pre-K through 12th grade today to help your students, school, and community.