The 2020 Census self-response period will begin on March 12, 2020. This is when New Yorkers can go on-line and fill out their census form, by themselves and on their own time.
Schools can really help get the message to families and communities using their communication platforms, and at parent or community meetings. School communities can also connect with organizations that have been awarded funds to engage communities called Complete Count Fund Awardees.
Help Spread the Word
The Census is Important
A complete count, ensures our city gets its fair share of $650 billion in federal funding for Title I programs, Head Start, special education, bilingual education, classroom technology, teacher training, preschool and after-school programs, and school lunch assistance services. A full census count also ensures our communities receive enough elected officials to represent and protect our interests.
The census needs to count people of all ages, including visitors, foster children, and people not born in the US. No matter what your household looks like, please make sure to count everybody.
The Census is Easy
All you have to do is complete 10 questions which takes less than 10 minutes.
The Census is Safe
All responses are confidential, protected by law, and cannot be used against you in any way. The census does not ask about: immigration status, income, or your social security number.
Strategies and Resources for Schools
There are many strategies and resources to encourage your school community gets counted:
- Let parents and staff know that starting March 12, 2020, you can complete the census online at my2020census.gov. You can use school newsletters or on school websites to distribute this information.
- Add the dates March 12, 2020 (the start of the self-response period) and April 1, 2020 (Census Day) on school calendars.
- Make sure parents know that they will be able to get help completing the 2020 Census at their local public libraries.
- Invite City-funded Complete Count Fund Awardees who are working on the census to your school to talk to families, answer questions, and assist families in completing the Census at already scheduled events including Parents Association meetings, Parent-Teacher Conference days, open houses, and even during drop-off or pick up at your school.
- Here are some Complete Count Fund Awardees organized by borough that you can choose from:
- Celebrate Civics Week (March 2nd – 6th, 2020) by planning activities that strengthen student voice, build school community, and allow civic participation to flourish. Students are key messengers and can communicate the importance of participating, calm any fears and misinformation their family might have, and help fill the census out for their home. The new K-12 civics curriculum is now available on WeTeachNYC!
- Use any of the materials in the 2020 Census Statistics in Schools Administrator Kit. Your school should have received them. The kit has lots of activities and colorful wall maps from the US Census Bureau. The kit includes 67 new activities prek-12, across all subject areas. Each includes a teacher, student, and parent component.
- The US Census Bureau NYC Partnership Team can also provide assistance by presenting to students, staff, and parents. Contact them today!
- Sign-up for updates on what’s new with the Census 2020 at www.nyc.gov/census.