• Census data drives school and social service funding

    The U.S. Census Bureau began conducting the 2020 Census in January, administering a population count of everyone in the United States to determine federal funding distribution levels, political boundaries and more. 

    Participation in the 2020 Census—which only takes a matter of minutes—could have an impact on the programs and services that the General Brown School District offers its students and the community. 

    Why is census participation important? 

    Census data drives school funding. Federal education funding for all students and specialized funding for schools are based on census data, as are programs such as Head Start. 

    In addition, federal funding for such community programs as child care subsidies, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), WIC and low-income housing is based on census data about populations. 

    And the effects last for a decade—until the next census, in 2030.

    Helping the U.S. Census Bureau obtain an accurate count can help the school district obtain the funding it needs and ensures that families have access to needed social service programs. 

    For more information, please visit www.census.gov.