Your Participation in the 2020 Census Is Critical for Our Children’s Future

Teaching – much like everything else – looks different these days, and while the classroom looks different, needs remain the same. Now more than ever, we must work together and do what we can to make sure our children have the resources they need. That is why it is so critical to count everyone – especially our children – in the 2020 Census.

The census determines each state’s representation in the U.S. House of Representatives. It helps decision-makers in Washington, D.C., Jefferson City, DeKalb County, and Stewartsville determines how to allocate funds for programs that serve children – including those we are proud to teach – in our community.

Counting everyone in your household, including children, ensures they are included in the 2020 Census. This is important because census statistics help determine funding for schools and programs for the next 10 years, such as special education, teacher training, rural education, Head Start, and nutrition assistance. Your response helps shape the future of our children at school and beyond. Yet young children are among the populations historically under-counted in the census.

So please be sure to count all children in your household, including babies! If we do not count everyone in our community, especially our young children, our area could lose critical funding for programs, including those that support education for the next decade.

Information about how to fill out the 2020 Census will arrive at your home soon if it has not already. I encourage you to respond promptly online, by phone, or by mail. So far, 64% of the

households in Stewartsville have responded, but we need to count everyone. Help ensure that our community’s children count and that we are taking this vital step to shaping their future.

Michael Stephenson