Preparing for Census 2020 begins long before Census Day and work continues until the counts are delivered to the president.
The U.S. Constitution requires a count – or census – of the United States’ population each decade.
These census results determine the number of seats for each state in the U.S. House of Representatives and the distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds each year that impact public schools and communities.
For example, public schools receive federal funds based on census counts for the National School Lunch Program, special education (IDEA) grants, Head Start/Early Head Start, Title I grants to local education agencies and health center programs as well as child care and development entitlement funds.
It’s important to remember that your census responses and personal information are protected by law and remain confidential.
Census responses cannot be shared with immigration or law enforcement or be used to determine a person’s eligibility for government benefits.
Here is a timeline for some of the key dates for Census 2020.
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