KidsFirst would like to share very important information about an event that will take place in Spring 2020, the U.S. Census. The Census is a count of all people living in the U.S. and takes place every 10 years. It is simple and confidential to complete. For the first time, you can respond online. You will receive a unique identifying number in the mail which will allow you to fill out the online form beginning in March 2020. It will ask questions about your household such as how many people reside in your home, date of birth, race, and sex. Here are some things you should know:
Your identity remains anonymous. Any personal information you provide on the Census form is protected by law and cannot be shared with anyone or any other federal agency. Regardless of your immigration status, the information cannot be used against you or to invade the privacy of you or any members of your family.
The Census is important. The Census is important because it helps determine how much federal money our county will get over the next ten years. These funds support community parks, neighborhood improvements, public health, transportation, and many other programs and services. It also makes sure we have fair political representation determining the number of seats in the House of Representatives as well as political boundaries. Make sure your voice is heard!
The Census is safe. All the data collected through the Census is protected under Title 13 of the U.S. Code of Laws. Records are confidential for 72 years by law. All U.S. Census Bureau employees swear a lifetime oath to protect respondent information. The U.S. Census will never share a respondent’s personal information with other government agencies. Data is only released in summary tables; no individual records are released. The penalty for wrongful disclosure is up to 5 years imprisonment and/or a fine of $250,000.
What do you need to do? Complete the short and easy form online. If you don’t have a computer at home, you can use one at a library or at a Census Questionnaire Assistance Center in your community. You and your family count, so make sure to fill out the Census form in Spring 2020.