Thursday, April 15, 2010

Census Outreach

Did you know that tomorrow, April 16, 2010, is the last day to return your Census form? - If you forget to send in your Census form, it ends up costing tax-payers more money to complete the Census process. It costs the government just 42 cents for a postage paid envelope when a household mails back the form but costs on average of about $57 per household to send a Census taker. For every 1 percent increase in the national participation rate by mail, the Census Bureau saves taxpayers $85 million by not having to send Census takers door to door to households that failed to return the forms. If every household mailed back its 2010 Census form, taxpayers could reduce the cost of taking the Census and save $1.5 billion.

Information for parents about why the Census is important - Many parents may not realize the importance of accurately reporting the number of children in their family, including newborns. Census counts are used, in whole or in part, for more than 140 programs that distribute more than $400 billion of federal funds to states and localities, including such child-focused programs as:

  • Special Education Grants to states ($10.8 billion)

  • Head Start ($6.9 billion)

  • State Children's Health Insurance Program ($5.9 billion)

  • Foster Care Title IV-E ($4.7 billion)

  • Improving Teacher Quality State Grants ($2.9 billion)
Local communities rely on Census information in planning for schools, child care, health and other critical services. Adults can bear responsibility for making sure they are counted in the Census. But, children are dependent on others to make sure they are included. The Census only comes around every ten years - please make sure that your child is counted. Return your Census form today!

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No compensation was received for this post. This post was written in collaboration with Global Influence. Global Influence is working with 2010 Census to help spread this important message to all of the parents who read our blogs. We need your help to make sure that every child is reported so they can receive the services they will need in the future.