Census 2020 Update

December 5, 2019

The CensusEDU Summit, held December 4, 2019, focused on the importance of educational institutions in ensuring a complete count.

ILA attended the event, kicked off by Governor J.B. Pritzker with welcoming remarks from Marishonta Wilkerson and Oswaldo Alvarez of the U.S. Census Bureau; Carmen Ayala, State Superintendent of Education; Grace Hou, Secretary of the IL Department of Human Services; and Juan Salgado, Chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago.

Did you know children age 0-5 were among the most undercounted populations in Illinois in 2010, with an estimated 1 million young children not counted? There are a number of reasons for this, and school and public libraries working with families can do a great deal to make sure it doesn't happen again. A stellar performance from the Carole Robertson Learning Center's children's chorus (pictured) underscored the importance of this population to the future of our state. 

New resources have been added to ILA's Census 2020 Resources web page, including:

  • The Illinois State Board of Education's Census 2020 web page and information about how schools can host a Census Night, when schools are open to families to use computers and get help from staff or volunteers to fill out the census. A terrific opportunity for a school library!
  • Information about the U.S. Census Bureau's Statistics in Schools program, which offers more than 200 free activities for educators to use with students of all ages, based on statistics collected by the census. School libraries can use these resources to help students learn data literacy and mine the wealth of information we're all responsible for collecting, and raise awareness of the census at the same time!

School doesn't end with high school. Join CARLI and Campus Compact for a webinar 12/11/19, 10-11 a.m., "CARLI Member Libraries and the 2020 Census: Promoting the Count." College students are a hard-to-count population, so don't miss this.

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