2020 Census invitations go out next week! Spread the news and help make sure Colorado counts all babies and kids

Written by: Sarah Hughes
Date Posted: March 6, 2020

We’re less than a week away from the date Coloradans will start receiving invitations to complete their 2020 Census questionnaires. Households should expect to receive their invitations to participate between March 12 and March 20; most will initially be encouraged to respond online or by phone, but some households in rural areas may have a paper form left at their front door by a census worker. Ten questions, 10 minutes or less—that’s all it takes to make sure your family is counted.

The 2010 Census failed to count thousands of Colorado’s youngest kids, and kids under 5 are at high risk of being missed in 2020. Here are some quick and easy ways you can help make sure Colorado counts ALL kids in this all-important, once-a-decade count:

  • Share these short Sesame Street videos (available in English or Spanish) about the 2020 Census on social media.
  • Display a Sesame Street 2020 Census poster where families are likely to see it—child care centers, preschool classrooms and pediatrician’s offices are all great choices!
  • Learn how kids in complex housing situations should be counted and share this information with the families you serve with this short handout in English or Spanish.

The 2020 Census is easy, important and safe. A family’s census responses cannot be shared with anyone—not a landlord, not another government agency, not even the president. When kids aren’t counted in the census, Colorado misses out on important federal funding for kids’ programs for the next decade. Please join us in taking five minutes today to spread the word about how important it is to count ALL kids in 2020!

Sarah Hughes

About Sarah Hughes

Sarah Hughes is Vice President of Research Initiatives for the Colorado Children’s Campaign. In this role, she leads the organization’s research and data analysis efforts, including the development and publication of the annual KIDS COUNT in Colorado! report, and provides research and data support to inform and advance the Children’s Campaign’s policy agenda. She also co-chairs the organization’s internal Equity Team. Prior to joining the Children’s Campaign, Sarah worked in communications and spent several years working and volunteering with kids in various capacities. She holds a Master of Social Work with a specialization in Advocacy, Leadership and Social Change from the University of Illinois and a B.S. in Business and Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis. She lives in Denver with her husband and their two crazy dogs.