Census 2020

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We All Count - letter from Lynn Mackey/Diane Burgis

The 2020 Census is fast approaching! For that reason, the Contra Costa County Office of Education, the Contra Costa County Census 2020 Complete Count Steering Committee, and the U.S. Census Bureau are asking schools and educational institutions like yours to help us inform everyone in Contra Costa County about the importance of being counted. Responses to the 2020 Census will drive decisions on the annual allocation of more than $675 billion in federal funds to states and communities – including money for vital programs and services like Title 1, Special Education, Free and Reduced Lunch, and health care programs for children. 

Trusted school leaders like you can help ensure a complete and accurate count for our community by sharing about the importance of responding to the 2020 Census. There are many ways to get involved:

  • The most important thing you can do is to assure people in your community that completing the Census form is safe and completely confidential. Attached is an information sheet about the 2020 Census.

  • Use free resources from the Census Bureau’s Statistics in Schools (SIS) program. SIS uses real-world census statistics to create classroom materials in many subjects for grades pre-K through 12. Activities spotlight the 2020 Census and the importance of making sure everyone is counted, especially children. The SIS Administrator Toolkit can be found here… www.census.gov/schools .

  • Get involved in a Complete Count Committee to educate and motivate residents to participate in the 2020 Census. Encourage students, teachers and families to sign up to be Census Ambassadors. To learn more about Contra Costa County’s involvement, visit www.cococensus.org.

  • Participate in SIS Week/Census Week activities (March 30-April 3, 2020). Distribute our informational “SIS” take home flyer (https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/sis/2020census/get-involved/take-home-flyer.html) to students and their families during SIS Week/Census Week.

  • Educate students, community members, and families by inviting County or Census Bureau officials to speak at a school or community event. Go to www.cococensus.org to schedule a speaker.

Please let us know if you’re interested in partnering with us to promote the 2020 Census. The Contra Costa County Office of Education, Contra Costa County Complete Count Steering Committee, and the U.S. Census Bureau contacts are listed below. We look forward to welcoming you as a 2020 Census partner! Thank you in advance for helping us to ensure that our community is accurately represented in the 2020 Census.

 

Sincerely,

Lynn Mackey, Superintendent of Schools, Contra Costa County
Supervisor Diane Burgis, Chair, Contra Costa County Census 2020 Complete Count Committee


Contacts:

Matt Lardner, CocoCensus Outreach Coordinator
Matt.Lardner@cococensus.org 

Chunling Wang, U.S. Census Bureau, Contra Costa County SIS Program Contact
628-800-2742 / chunling.wang@2020census.gov



CCCOE serves 18 Contra Costa County public school districts, with more than 177,000 students and 8,000 teachers. Of Contra Costa County's students, approximately 16% are English learners, more than 600 are foster youth, and more than 20,000 are considered students with disabilities. These populations are among the hardest to count in a census.

The Census Office is calling on county offices of education to help ensure an accurate census count. CCCOE's role is to leverage programs, school district, and communication channels to encourage participation in the 2020 Census.

Student Ambassador Program

High schools in Contra Costa County have the opportunity to identify an existing student club that would agree to do Census outreach within their school environment for the “Student Ambassador" Program – in turn, the County Office (through a grant from the California Department of Education) would provide a stipend (up to $2,000) to each of the school clubs that actively participate (limit one club per school). The student club would agree to help promote the 2020 Census at the school and within their community in several ways, including:

  • Tables at lunch/break
  • Parent evenings and other gathered events
  • Open House
  • Registration activities
  • Read script during morning announcements
  • Posting flyers, posters, banners around campus
  • Include brief story or blurb in student newspaper and or school newsletter
  • Video announcements

Logical student clubs that might want to engage with this might include: Interact club, NHS, CSF, Key Club, etc.

CCCOE has compiled print materials  that schools and school districts can order  to help promote the importance of the 2020 Census.

Please click on the links below to view the various banners, posters and flyers we have available for order.
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