Education

The California Complete Count Census 2020 (Census Office) recognizes that grade school students and young adults can be powerful communication links to a variety of hard-to-count communities (HTC). Students from kindergarten to through college serve as trusted messengers to family members and will be an important source of information about the Census, especially in immigrant and other limited English-speaking families.

The Census outreach effort to reach students and their families ranges from developing curriculum to supplying bags for food delivery at distribution sites during the COVID-19 crisis. Our office believes in our students and these resources help support students and their families.

The 2020 Census County Offices of Education (COEs) engage more school communities than in other previous year.  We have contracts with 40 COEs to showcase the importance of the Census. To view the COEs and funding amounts, click here.

Why is the 2020 Census important for educators, families and communities?

  • Our children and grandchildren’s future depend on getting an accurate Census count. When children are counted, their schools get their fair share of funding and resources.
  • The 2020 Census data will inform the health and wellness of our families and neighborhoods. By filling out the Census form, your data influences where new hospitals are built and improvements to our health programs.
  • Census data is used by businesses to decide where to invest and create jobs. Filling out the Census ensures that we and our loved ones, neighbors, and communities get a fair shot at these business resources.
  • Census data helps determine how federal dollars are allocated to Title I schools and programs such as migrant education, school nutrition, and English as a Second Language.
  • Participating in the Census fulfills your civic duty and helps our families and communities in California for the next 10 years.

California Census Resources for K-12
This Census resources available are tailored support materials, which will be key in making your outreach efforts effective. It is imperative that educators are well-equipped with information and resources – to ensure that every Californian is counted in the 2020 Census! These resources can be used by families and Census Champions.

School-Based K-12 Outreach Toolkit

This toolkit contains sample press releases, radio scripts, social media posts and much more to engage your school communities in the 2020 Census.

How to Tell Your Census Story - A Guide

This guide supports youth from K-12 in developing both print and video stories focused on Census Outreach.

Educators Fact Sheet

This two-page guide provides Census 2020 basics.

California Census Curriculum

The California Complete Count Census 2020 Office teamed up with the Sacramento County Office of Education and Los Angeles County of Education History and Social Studies leads to develop with teachers across the state the curriculum listed that meets the History-Social Science Contents Standards for California Public Schools Kindergarten through Grade Twelve. To see more about the standards, visit https://scoe.net/divisions/ed_services/curriculum/castandards/.

This curriculum can be used by teachers, in afterschool programs, and by parents.  Each easy to complete module has an historical element as well as hands-on exercises that make the materials relevant for today’s world.

5th Grade Curriculum

Curriculum: The Great Compromise
The Great Compromise (PDF)
You Matter (PDF)

Student Resources
The Great Compromise (zip)

Teacher Resources
The Great Compromise (zip)

Curriculum: Western Expansion

Student Resources
Western Expansion (zip)

Teacher Resources
Western Expansion (zip)

12th Grade Curriculum

Curriculum: Census and Economic Health
Census and Economic Health

Student Resources
Census and Economic Health Student Activities (zip)

Teacher Resources 
Census and Economic Health Teacher Resources (zip)
Census and Economic Health Teacher Guides (zip)

Curriculum: Census and Federalism 
Census and Federalism

Student Resources
Census and Federalism Student Activities (zip)

Teacher Resources 
Census and Federalism Teacher Resources (zip)
Census and Federalism Teacher Guides (zip)

Curriculum: Econ Census and the Housing Market 
Econ Census and the Housing Market

Student Resources
Econ Census and the Housing Market Student Resources (zip)
Econ Census and the Housing Market Student Activities (zip)

Teacher Resources 
Econ Census and the Housing Market Teacher Resources (zip)
Econ Census and the Housing Market Teacher Guides (zip)

Curriculum: How the Census Benefits the People 
How the Census Benefits the People

Student Resources
How the Census Benefits the People Student Resources (zip)
How the Census Benefits the People Student Activities (zip)

Teacher Resources 
How the Census Benefits the People Teacher Resources (zip)
How the Census Benefits the People Teacher Guides (zip)

Curriculum: Taking Informed Action
Taking Informed Action

Student Resources
Taking Informed Action Student Activities (zip)

Teacher Resources 
Taking Informed Action Teacher Resources (zip)
Taking Informed Action Teacher Guides (zip)

Curriculum: Who Should be Counted?
Who Should Be Counted?

Student Resources
Who Should Be Counted Student Resources (zip)
Who Should Be Counted Student Activities (zip)

Teacher Resources 
Who Should Be Counted Teacher Resources (zip)
Who Should Be Counted Teacher Guides (zip)

California Census Office Higher Education Partners

The California Census Office partners with our colleges and universities. For additional Census Outreach information, please contact your campus representative. Contact information can be found below. 

To find your campus representative, click here

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Get Out the Count!
California Census Higher Education

California Census Higher Education Toolkits

The U.S. Census Bureau
Our partners at the U.S. Census Bureau provided the resources below. 

Contact

For more information about California Complete Count Census outreach in the education sector, please contact:
Mignonne Pollard, Ed.D.
Education and Schools Outreach Manager
California Complete Count — Census 2020
Mignonne.Pollard@census.ca.gov