Health care, child care subsidies, nutrition support and Head Start are a few of the nearly 300 North Carolina programs funded with federal dollars. The amount of funding that North Carolina receives is determined by the U.S. Census count, which is conducted every 10 years. Young children, racial and ethnic minorities, low-income people, and people who speak a language other that English are among the most undercounted groups in the Census, resulting in fewer dollars for programs that have been shown to improve young children’s outcomes.
A new report from NC Child and NALEO Educational Fund, The Statewide Implications of Undercounting Latino Children, explores why young Latinx children are undercounted, outlines new challenges of the 2020 Census and offers recommendations to ensure a full count in North Carolina.
NCECF has previously shared information on the 2020 Census via a webinar with NC Child.
The full report is available in both English and Spanish.