September 2019 is squarely in the middle of the Education Phase of the 2020 Census Timeline.
Counties are establishing and training Complete Count Committees, developing their work plans and creating census awareness activities.
- Historically, communities that have active Complete Count Committees increase census awareness and self-response…which saves millions of dollars.
The Census Bureau’s Statistics in Schools program was recently updated and has been shared with principals and school districts. This program has pre-written lesson plans in various subjects and grade levels and allows students and educators to identify and use census data.
The first Field Operations of the 2020 Census, Address Canvasing, is being conducted in our communities. This activity will ensure each of the 140 million housing units in America will receive a 2020 Census questionnaire when they are mailed in March of next year.
I encourage you to contemplate actively sharing the imminence and importance of the 2020 Census with the people you serve. By helping to achieve a complete and accurate count of your people, you will ensure you receive appropriate allocation of funding to serve your people for the next 10 years. Remember that every ONE person that isn’t counted means Pennsylvania won’t receive over $20,000 in the next decade.
Below is the link for the Complete Count Committee Guide. https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/newsroom/press-kits/2018/ccc-guide-d-1280.pdf
Below is the link for Census Awareness flyers, posters, inserts and handouts for you to download and use. https://2020census.gov/en/partners/outreach-materials.html
I commend those who have begun their awareness campaigns.
It is not too late to begin contemplating and developing your 2020 Census Awareness strategies.
Few events affect every person in our counties for 10 years. The census affects every person in our counties for 10 years.
Please contact me if you would like assistance or suggestions.