California is coming together to ensure that everyone in our state is counted in the #2020Census! The Census uplifts the voices of our families, friends, and neighbors across the Golden State. The Stanislaus County Office of Education is assisting with Census 2020 outreach to our community. Our goal is to reach the Hard-To-Count population and to encourage them to complete the online Census form beginning mid-March through April. Why? Because the census data is used to distribute more than $675 billion in federal funding. Census data is also used to forecast housing needs, map public transportation, direct services to children and adults with limited English ability, draw school boundaries, plan for schools, clinics, and hospitals, and more.
This is an invitation to Stanislaus County public high school student groups to help us share accurate information with their peers and assist parents on why each household should complete the census.
We know that the focus in classrooms is instruction but ask that you share this opportunity with special groups on campus such as a leadership or PHAST group. We will provide a $250 stipend to the school group or club once they complete the paperwork. In all, we will award 20 stipends to the high school groups who submit an application of interest by February 28. SCOE will provide materials such as PowerPoint or flyers for presentations. If a “club” at your school is not available, a teacher-led group can also apply (the stipend awarded to the school).
- Student Ambassador Application
- Student Ambassador Stipend Request Form Coming soon
More information for student ambassadors
Census 2020 helps bring in more funding for the schools and money for programs that get kids ready for schools. How? Well, Title I funds for low-income schools are allocated based on the number of k-12 children we have in our community, and special education funds are allocated based on the number of 3 through 21-year-olds. Funding allocations for programs that help get kids ready to learn, like WIC, child care, Children’s Health Insurance Program, Medicaid, and many others, are also based on the census data in your community and your state. (Teachers and principals are used to thinking about attendance data affecting funding, but that data is used to allocate money among schools in the district; counting kids brings more money to the district.) So making sure every child is counted helps get kids ready to learn, and helps schools have the resources they need to teach.
The Statistics in Schools materials teach children about the value of census surveys, which helps get young kids counted in three ways; many school children have younger siblings at home, some teens in school have babies, and children who are the only English speakers in their families will translate the information and help fill out the census.
The Statistics in Schools materials include flyer kids can take home to their parents to teach them about the census and why they should count their kids. We know that in 2010, one of three households with children in school saw and remembered these materials.
You can also start planning for Statistics in Schools Week in your school; that will be the first week in March.
The first mailings for the census go out on March 12. Now is the time to teach children about the census, so they and their families know it matters to count their kids when the census arrives.