As an organization focused on the health and wellbeing of children, The Children’s Partnership joins today’s National Census Day of Action and the collective effort to ensure an accurate count of children in the 2020 Decennial Census. During the 2010 Census, nearly one in ten children aged 0-4 were not counted. When young children are not counted in the Census, there are serious consequences for them, their families, their communities and our nation. The time to prepare is now so that our children are not shortchanged the resources that help them thrive.
In the current political landscape, the risk of a young child undercount in the 2020 Census is even greater. In California, roughly half of the state’s nine million children live in immigrant families. Immigrant families are facing heightened fears of family separation, further challenging the participation in the Census of already hard-to-count communities. TCP joins our partners to ensure all families, especially families in vulnerable situations, including immigrant households, transitional and temporary housing, and foster care, have the trust and information they need to make sure all young children are counted. Let’s ensure a year from today – April 1st 2020 – we make ALL kids count! #MakeALLKidsCount #ALLINforKids