The Census Bureau plans to open 248 area census offices (ACOs) to support the 2020 Census, including in Bakersfield, Merced and Stockton. The ACOs will house the managers, staff, materials and equipment needed to support the hundreds of thousands of Census Bureau employees conducting local census operations, including following up with households that do not respond, counting residents living in group housing and other enumeration operations. Learn more.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book came out on June 26 with state rankings of how kids are faring. It notes there could be a 2020 Census undercount of more than 1 million children under age 5. This would put hundreds of millions of federal dollars at risk and, in doing so, underfund programs that are critical for family stability, child well-being and providing access to opportunity. Patrick McCarthy, the president of the foundation, and Vanita Gupta, the CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, co-authored a USA Today op-ed on June 26 that notes that the 2020 Census is filled with challenges, including inadequate funding, a lack of leadership and the potential of suppressed participation due to a citizenship question and the current political environment.
By Moira Kenney, executive director of First 5 Association of California; John Dobard, associate director of Political Voice at Advancement Project California; and Ted Lempert, president of Children Now.
Recent blogs by Ed Kissam include:
How a Census 2020 Citizenship Question Will Distort the Sociopolitical Geography of the U.S.
Voodoo Science in the Name of Ideology: Why Administrative Records Won’t Compensate for Census Non-Response
Deconstructing the Department of Justice’s “Urgent Need” for a Census 2020 Question on Citizenship