NYC 2020 Census

The self-response period began on March 20, 2020. This is when New Yorkers can go on-line and fill out their census form, by themselves and on their own time. Please note there is no citizenship question on the 2020 census.

And as we work to keep our communities safe in the face of COVID-19, it is more important than ever to make sure our friends, families, and neighbors are counted in the 2020 Census. The census count shapes the amount of funding our communities receive for schools, hospitals, healthcare, emergency services, and countless other public programs. Census data is also used to make critical decisions around community health and resources at every level of government, especially in times of crisis. Being counted is how we make sure our communities get the resources we need.

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. Promoting the 2020 Census is an easy way to direct people to something real and tangible they can do to help their communities in these difficult times and for years to come.

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 they can complete the 2020 Census at or over the phone or by mail – all without having to meet a census taker.
  • Add the dates March 12, 2020 (the start of the self-response period) and April 1, 2020 (Census Day) on school calendars.
  • You can use email blasts, school newsletters and websites, Dojo and other app messages to distribute census information. To aid in your outreach efforts, please find sample content and resources from NYC Census 2020.
  • Share resources to support parents with completing the 2020 Census. The Census Bureau has language guides and video tutorials in 59 languages.
  • Include census as a part of regular calls to families and incorporate it into virtual events and graduations. Share the census link in invitations and chat boxes and make announcements, highlighting that the 2020 Census will determine the funding our schools receive, so everyone must be counted.
    • If we’re not fully counted, our schools won’t have enough resources for all our students, and the same could happen with our other public services.
    • All census information is confidential and protected by law. It cannot be shared with anyone, not even other government agencies, and it cannot be used against you.
    • Everyone counts, regardless of age, language, immigration status, or any other factor. Count everyone in your household.
    • Reach out to NYC Census Borough Leads who can be available to support virtual events already planned to talk to families and answer questions to assist in completing the Census:
  • Parents, caregivers and teachers can explore US Census Bureau at-home or distance learning census activities. There are over 200 free learning activities and resources to choose from for children in pre-K through 12th grade. These are a great opportunity to learn together about our country, state, and local community. Students can also take the Statistics in Schools Online Quiz.
  • The US Census Bureau NYC Partnership Team can also provide assistance. Get in touch with US Census Bureau NYC: Call: 212-882-2130 or email:
  • Families, friends, and neighbors, are in a unique position to help spread the word and make sure we achieve a complete count. Help make sure the people in your network are being counted in the 2020 Census! Learn more about NYC Census 2020 and the sophisticated, multilingual campaign to be deployed across key messaging platforms being used extensively in immigrant communities, including WhatsApp, WeChat, KakaoTalk, Viber, and others.
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