Please note: Due to COVID-19, the date for completion of the data collection portion for the census has been postponed to August 14, 2020. That date can and may be adjusted further in order to ensure a complete and accurate count during this national response to coronavirus. Other steps that are being taken in response to the outbreak include:
- Adjusting operations to make sure college students are counted
- Delaying the start of the Mobile Questionnaire Assistance program
- Delaying the Early Non-response Follow-up operation
What you need to know right now:
It has never been easier to respond on your own, whether online, over the phone or by mail - all without having to meet a census taker.
Compiling statewide data for public use, the new KIDS COUNT in Delaware Fact Book's central theme is obtaining an accurate and complete count in Census 2020. Research has shown that 1 million of America's youngest residents were not counted in the last census- the worst net undercount for any age group.
"With the census less than a year away, now is the time for us to plan and prepare," said Janice Barlow, director of KIDS COUNT in Delaware. "Census data are used for so much-- representation, funding allocations and planning. Decisions for things like neighborhood improvements, public health, education and transportation are all made based on this kind of data."
In Delaware, more than $500 million flows to the state each year from the 10 largest federal programs that serve children. When kids aren't counted, communities are in danger of receiving less than their fair share of federal dollars for programs like Head Start, school lunches, public health insurance and child care- programs and services that help young children in low-income families get a healthy start in life.