The Census is Coming!

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At Early Head Start, we want to encourage you to participate in the Census count! Here is a quick guide of the 2020 Census.

What is the Census?

  •  The Census is the official count of people living in the U. S. or the official count of the total U. S. population,
  • It happens once every 10 years, so you and your family need to be counted!

Why do I need to participate?

  • The Census provides government officials, programs, and organizations with valuable information for funding. In other words, the more participation in the Census the more likely programs can grow and serve more people in our community!
  • It determines if we need more government officials like the State Senate, US of House of Representatives, and State Assembly.
  • It can provide more funding for public schools, emergency response plans, and public transportation.
  • The more accurate count of people = more resources for those in need!

How does it work?

  •  Every household in Spartanburg County will receive information in the mail regarding how to complete the Census forms.
  • Please complete the Census form as accurately and soon as possible.
  • A census takers (a paid employee of the U.S. Census Bureau) may knock on your door beginning in April 2020 to verify if you completed the Census paperwork.

How do I complete it?

  •  Telephone
  • The Internet, Computer or Smart Phone/Device
  • Paper Form
  • Many community organizations will provide opportunities to complete the Census with assistance.

How do I know if someone is trying to take advantage of me?

  • The Census Bureau or Census Takers will never need:
    •  Your Social Security Number
    •  Your bank account or credit card number
    • Money or donations
    • Or be a member of a political party
  • You can verify someone is a Census-Taker by:
    • Check if they have a valid ID badge with their photograph, U.S. Department of Commerce Watermark, and expiration date.
    • If you still have questions about a Census Takers identity you can call 800-923-8282
    • To report someone of suspected fraud call 800-923-8282
    • If you determine someone is fraudulent contact your local law enforcement agency immediately.
  • The best way to avoid having someone knock on your door is to complete the census information as soon as possible.
  • It is illegal for census takers to share your individual information with law enforcement agencies or other authorities. Census takers can be fined up to $250,000 and serve 5 years in prison.

For more information on the Census visit: https://2020census.gov/en.html