Counting All Children in the 2020 Census in Minnesota
Resources for Partners Engaging in Outreach to Children and Families
The Census is a questionnaire used to get a population count of everyone in the U.S. that occurs every 10 years, with the next census beginning in March 2020. It is more than just a nationwide headcount – the 2020 Census will be the foundation for all data in the U.S. for the next 10 years. The Census counts all people at each address, babies, children and adults – even if they are not related, are not U.S. citizens, if they live there part time or are only living there temporarily. Policy leaders, businesses, schools and philanthropy all use and rely on census data to make important decisions for our communities. It’s very important to make sure the count is as accurate as possible to ensure equitable distribution of resources and decision-making for the next ten years in communities across Minnesota.
The 2020 Census helps decide how much money your community will get for important resources including schools, child care and early learning, summer and after school programs, health insurance and medical care, early intervention and home visiting programs, food assistance, foster care, housing assistance, and public transportation.
Minnesota receives over $15 billion per year from the federal government for programs that use census data to determine allocations, with more than $6 billion allocated for Medicaid alone. When historically undercounted communities, including young children, people of color, American Indian people, and families with low income, are not represented in the census, the decisions that affect them across sectors do not account for their needs.
The Census also decides the number of seats your state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives and how many representatives your community will have in your state legislature, county council, and even your local school board.
Currently Minnesota has 8 members in the House of Representatives, and may lose one member depending on the outcome of the 2020 Census.
Census Day is April 1, 2020. Households will be invited to fill out the Census online, over the phone, or in person. Census workers will follow up with households who do not complete the form from May through September 2020. If you have questions, you can text MN2020 for the Minnesota Census Help Desk.
It is critical that we count all kids in the Minnesota Census so that children and babies have the resources they need to be healthy and on track for a successful future. If we miss babies and young children in the census, those resources are placed at risk.
How does it work?
The Census is easy – it takes just ten minutes online, over the phone or by mail.
The Census is safe and secure. Revealing personal information from the census is a felony punishable by up to 5 years in jail and a fine up to $250,000.
The Census matters. Being counted means resources and representation are distributed accurately, equitably, and fairly.