Every Child Counts: 2020 Census Toolkit

Iowa 2020 Census LogoThe U.S. Census, which is conducted every 10 years, directly impacts federal funding every year for schools and communities in Iowa. This funding impacts special education, teacher training, technology, school lunch assistance, Head Start and after school programs.

According to the Count All Kids Campaign, more than 2 million young children nationally were missed in the 2010 census. If we undercount young children in the 2020 census, Iowa could miss out on funding for the programs our students depend on. Use this toolkit to help you, your families and communities understand the importance of a complete count.

2020 US Census: The census is here! You can easily fill out the census for your household or share this link with your community to ensure everyone, especially children, are counted. 

Take Action and Spread the Word for a Census Complete Count
: Get ideas on what the board and school district can do to promote awareness of the census with families and communities.

Model Board Resolution: Download and customize this board resolution showing your support for a complete count in 2020. Let us know your board has adopted the resolution by filling out this quick survey.

Census 101 and Why it Matters for Kids: Share this infographic with your families and communities, featuring basic census information and Iowa-specific stats. 

Sample Op-Ed: Add your district-specific information and submit this opinion editorial to local media.

Key Dates

  • January 2020: The Census Bureau begins counting the population in remote areas of Alaska
  • April 1: April 1 is Census Day—households can respond online, by mail or by phone
  • June 2020 through July 2020: Census takers go door to door to count people who have not responded to the 2020 Census
  • Dec. 31, 2020: The Census Bureau delivers the population count and the apportionment of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives by state to the president
  • 2021: Initial 2020 Census data are made available to the public on census.gov

Additional information can be found on the U.S. Census Bureau’s website: 2020census.gov.
Read an update from the U.S. Census Bureau regarding the census timeline during the COVID-19 pandemic.