The census determines each state’s representation in the U.S. House of Representatives and helps decision-makers in Washington, D.C., Frankfort, and Burkesville determine how to allocate funds for programs that serve children – including those we are proud to teach – in our community and other small towns.
Counting everyone in your household, including children, ensures they will be included in the 2020 Census. This is important because census statistics help determine funding for the next 10 years for new schools and programs such as special education, teacher training, rural education, Head Start, and nutrition assistance. Your response helps shape the future of our children at school and beyond. Yet young children are among the populations historically undercounted in the census.
So please be sure to count all children in your household, including babies born on or before April 1, even if they were still in the hospital on that day. If we do not count everyone in our communities, especially our young children, our area could lose critical funding for programs including those that support education for the next decade.
Information about how to fill out the 2020 Census will arrive at your home soon if it has not already. I encourage you to respond promptly online, by phone or by mail. So far, 44.5% of the households in Cumberland County have responded, but we need to count everyone. Help ensure that our community’s children count and take this important step to shape their future. You may complete the census online at https://2020census.gov/.