Census Outreach Materials Available to Schools

  • Date Posted
    March 2, 2020
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School districts and communities preparing for the 2020 United States Census can find many resources to assist local efforts to encourage a full count. The first mailings to households for the decennial Census begin March 12.

To raise awareness in schools from now until the mailings begin, Count All Kids suggests informational “backpack” flyers for students to take home. A toolkit with other ideas to help school leaders educate parents, students, and staff will be available at, provided by the Partnership for America’s Children, beginning on March 5. Tools will include downloadable flyers and social media posters.

Households will have the option of responding online, by mail, or by phone; in 2020 for the first time all responses can be done online. Districts may consider making computers and internet access and phones available to families to respond. The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is encouraging schools and districts to host Census Nights where families and ​community members can attend and fill out the census online. Available on the U.S. Census Bureau website are language guides in print and video to assist with translation services.

The Census Bureau’s Statistics in Schools (SIS) program provides classroom material that incorporates census data. SIS Week: Everyone Counts is March 2-6. Participating classes will amplify activities and information to educate students and the adults they live with on the importance of the 2020 Census.

U.S. Census data collected every 10 years impacts the amount of federal funds allocated to states as well as representation in Congress. Federal aid for Illinois public schools supports programs such as school meals, special education, and early childhood education.
Key dates for the 2020 Census
  • April 1 – The official Census Day. Respond with place of residence as of this date.
  • May-July – Census takers will go door to door to count people who have not responded.
  • July 31 – Collection complete.
  • December 31 – The Census Bureau reports the population count and the apportionment of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives to each state.
  • 2021 – Initial 2020 Census data are made available to the public on
  • March 31, 2021 – Census results delivered to the states.
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