Schools, libraries, Medicaid and CHIP health coverage, meals, and housing are just some of the programs and resources receiving funding based on census data. Children who aren’t counted lose opportunities throughout their childhood and into teenage and young adult years. Plus, school districts and other educational institutions lose funding when children are not counted. Here’s a snapshot of how Census data leads to crucial funding in Texas counties.
Start by telling them why a complete count is urgent for your school or educational institution. Then invite them to become Census Champions — introduce them to TexasCounts.org and encourage them to sign up. TexasCounts.org has resources in English and Spanish for how to teach about the census as well as why a complete count is important for schools.
For years, the Census Bureau’s American Factfinder site has been a crucial resource for educators and students to understand key facts about our communities. It is being replaced in 2020 by data.census.gov. Go to data.census.gov, look up Texas, and discover more about how Census data can help your students learn!
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