Please support updates to federal race and ethnicity data collection standards

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: March 31, 2023

This week, the Colorado Children’s Campaign submitted public comments in support of the Office of Management and Budget’s Initial Proposals for Updated Race and Ethnicity Statistical Standards. The proposed updates make significant improvements to how the federal government collects information on race and ethnicity.  

The changes include, but are not limited to:  

  • Collecting information about race and ethnicity in a single question that includes detailed categories; 
  • Adding Hispanic/Latino as an option for a respondent’s race; 
  • Adding “Middle Eastern or North African (MENA)” as a new response category; and 
  • Removing outdated language from federal data policy. 

These changes will modernize how the federal government collects data on race and ethnicity, giving us a better picture of America’s diversity. They will also enable more Americans to see themselves reflected in the categories on surveys and forms, including on the 2030 U.S.  Census. 

The public comment period closes on April 12. Read our letter in support of the updated standards and consider submitting your own supporting comment by clicking here. If you have any questions, reach out to Melissa Mares, our Director of Early Childhood Initiatives, at   

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