2020 Census - Why is it important?
2020 Census - Why is it important?
Heather Zessin
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

The 2020 Census is upon us and there are $675 billion dollars that the government will distribute each year for 10 years based on the 2020 census count.  We want Nebraska communities and schools to receive their fair share of funding for things like roads, health services, parks, and emergency services.  Census data determines funding for programs and services like Title 1, special education, school lunches, after school programs, Head Start, and more.

Filling out the 2020 Census is one easy way to provide resources for children and their communities for the next 10 years.  The 2020 Census counts everyone living in the United States and its territories.
 
While all children need to be counted, those under the age of 5 are often missed.  When newborn babies and children are not counted, support for programs such as health insurance, hospitals, childcare, food assistance, schools, and early childhood development is impacted.  A kindergartener not counted in the 2020 Census this spring will start high school when the next census begins in 2030.  Many children were missed in the 2010 Census.  That is 10 years of community resources missed.