Thanks to Children First Communities in Schools for providing the following update regarding the inclusion of children in the 2020 federal budget Census. Providing the Census Bureau with adequate funding of $4.46 billion to do its job will ensure accurate allocation of federal funding for the infrastructure and programs that we all depend on. It is essential that the Census undertake a complete and accurate count of everyone in the U.S.
Billions of dollars in annual federal funding to North Carolina depend on an accurate Census count. These federal funds are used for roads, first responders, infrastructure, school lunch, foster care, Medicaid and Medicare, and so much more. Young children are chronically under-counted in the Census, skewing federal funding away from the services they need. Providing the Census Bureau with adequate funding to do its job will protect billions in federal funding for the infrastructure and programs that we all depend on.
We can't afford an undercount - every family missed in the Census results in huge losses for North Carolina.