Healthy & Active Before 5 is diligently working to promote a complete count for the 2020 Census! Census data determines funding for important services such as WIC, Head Start, SNAP, and Medi-Cal. It also informs how local, state, and federal legislative districts are drawn. A census count that accurately reflects Contra Costa’s population is vital to our vision of a county where all children are free to learn, play, and grow in healthy, safe, equitable communities.
As trusted messengers and community leaders, Healthy & Active Before 5’s partner organizations are the best resource we have for promoting the census. Consider incorporating the census into your work over the next few months. HAB45 staff is available for census training, and we can connect you with flyers and other materials – contact us for more information!
Please find recommended census resources linked below to support your outreach and promotion. Thank you for your continuous efforts to promote health, equity, and well-being for young children and families in Contra Costa. As the census approaches, remember to regularly visit the provided resources for updates!
- Our 2020 Census Presentation shares crucial information and statistics. Don’t forget to request HAB45 to present to your organization!
- Contra Costa County Census has a wealth of resources, including templates for census promotion materials and mapping tools to help target your census promotion activities.
- Bay Area Counts 2020 is a regional census outreach initiative led by United Way Bay Area. Their network of nonprofit, business, and government partners is working to ensure every person in Contra Costa is counted. Check out their resource materials – they even have “Everybody Counts” coloring books available in English and Spanish for download! Register your email and/or text COUNT to 415-340-7170 for regular updates. Message & data rates may apply. Reply EXIT at any time to stop receiving text.
- First 5 is the statewide coordinator for efforts to reach families with young children. Their website has resources and information in Spanish and English. The We Count: 2020 Census Message Guide offers a reference for commissions and partners to adapt and share messages about the census with families that have young children.
- Count All Kids is a group of national, state and local children’s organizations and allies that have joined together to ensure our nation’s children are counted in the 2020 Census. They have available a number of resources including community engagement materials, toolkits, and webinars.
- To learn more about why young children have been historically undercounted, check out this read from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. In addition, this separate report offers data and recommendations to address the undercount of Latino children in past census efforts.
- Alliance for Justice provides resources about why and how non-profits can promote the census.