Some 2020 Census operations temporarily suspended due to COVID-19, but the count goes on. Respond today and count every child in your household.

Written by: Sarah Hughes
Date Posted: March 20, 2020

So much about our lives looks drastically different than two weeks ago, but the need to ensure an accurate count of our nation’s residents in the 2020 Census—including our youngest children—remains the same. Fortunately, it has never been easier to respond to the census from the comfort of your own home by completing your questionnaire online or by phone.

Most households should have received a letter inviting them to respond to the 2020 Census online during the past week. Households in some rural areas where mail is not delivered to homes were initially slated to have a packet of information and a paper census form dropped off by a Census Bureau employee; to protect public health and safety, however, the U.S. Census Bureau has temporarily suspended this operation through April 1, so some rural households may not have received this packet yet. The good news is that you can still respond online without a packet: simply visit my2020census.gov, click “Start Questionnaire” and select “If you do not have a Census ID, click here.”

Remember to include every baby and child who will be living in your household as of April 1 on your census questionnaire. The 2010 Census missed thousands of young Colorado kids, and we need to ensure that the 2020 Census doesn’t make the same mistake. Please take 10 minutes to complete your questionnaire today and benefit your community for the next 10 years.

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.