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The 2020 Census is fast approaching. The census, mandated by the Constitution to occur every 10 years, is an attempt to count every resident in the United States (See more details here). The next edition will be the first to rely heavily on online responses. The census determines the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and is also used to distribute billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities, including to schools. Because of the count’s importance, the state launched its “Be Counted, California!” campaign to ensure Californians receive their fair share of federal resources and Congressional representation. 

On October 8, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1666 (Reyes), a bill that requires the California Complete Count – Census 2020 office to partner with local educational agencies to make information about the 2020 Census available to students and parents. The new law took effect immediately upon the Governor's signature. Read more.

For information or questions about the 2020 Census, LEA’s may contact:
Mignonne Pollard, Ed.D.
Schools and Education Outreach Sector Manager
California Complete Count-Census 2020
Mignonne.Pollard@Census.ca.gov
(916) 214-9835
 
California Census 2020 resources:
Complete Count Brochure (PDF)
Complete County Fact Sheet (PDF)
 
U.S. Census Bureau resources:
Census 101
Road to the 2020 Census timeline
Use of Census Bureau Data in Federal Funds Distribution
Why We Ask Fact Sheet (PDF)
Outreach Toolkits