Your Kids Count — Count Your Kids!

April 1 is Census Day! Beginning in March 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin the process of counting every person in the U.S. for the 2020 census. Information collected by the census is used to determine funding for communities. Census data has a direct impact on spending on schools, hospitals and other important resources that impact families.

The census is vitally important. And yet, families may forget to include their youngest family members when providing census information. Babies and children are often overlooked — undercounting on census information often involves babies or young children.

It’s sometimes hard to know whether to include certain children on your census form. Here’s a rundown of when to include babies and children:

● The census is for everyone living in the U.S. Babies count, too — even if they’re still in the hospital!

● If babies or children live at your address, include them on your census form — even if you’re not their parent.

● If your child or grandchild stays at your address most of the time, count them on your census form. If you share custody of children and split time 50/50, count them where they stay on April 1, 2020.

● Include all children living at your address on the census if they stay with you most days. That includes your kids, nieces and nephews, your grandkids, and even your friend’s kids if they stay with you.

For more information on this year’s census, visit https://www.first5la.org/parenting/census/

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