The 2020 Census is approaching and it’s critical that we count every child. When we miss young children in the census, it has serious consequences for them, their families, their communities and our nation –with many of those consequences lasting for at least 10 years; most of their childhood.
Who is at risk of being missed? Children of color have been historically undercounted by the census. Not only are people of color consistently undercounted, but non-Hispanic whites have been consistently over counted, further compounding the problem. The rate of uncounted young kids in urban areas is double or triple the national figure, and that kids of color are also more likely to be missed.