Counting Young Children in the 2020 Census
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Posted On: 10 Feb, 2020

Census 2020 counts everyone where they live and sleep most of the time, even if the living arrangement is temporary or the parents of the child do not live there.  If a child splits time between two homes, count them where they stayed on Census Day, April 1.

Be sure to include newborns on census forms, even if they are still in the hospital on April 1.

Count all children in your household, including nonrelatives and children with no other place to live, even if they are only living at the address temporarily on April 1.

By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You will have three options for responding:

  • Online.
  • By phone.
  • By mail.

In mid-March, households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census.

Responding to the Census helps determine $675 billion in local funding for programs such as food stamps, the National School Lunch Program, and the Children's Health Insurance Program.