Census 2020 Information for FFC8 Families
The City of Fountain, the Fountain Valley, and El Paso County are better when everybody counts. Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 wants our parents and community to know that the 2020 Census is coming this spring from the U.S. Census Bureau.
The data and count information from the Census is important, not just to our school district, but to other government and non-profit entities in our community. We will be communicating about this opportunity with our families and encouraging them to respond to the Census when it arrives.
By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. When you respond to the census, you tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.
What is the Census?
The 2020 Census counts every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for our community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.
What does an accurate Census count mean for our community?
The Census affects the allocation of federal and state resources for vital public and educational programs, such as:
- Head Start and Early Head Start programs
- Colorado Children’s Health Insurance programs
- Special education grants (IDEA)
- Title 1 Grants
- School lunch programs
- Housing vouchers
- Housing assistance payments
- Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women
- Infants and Children (WIC)
- Foster care
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LEAP)
- Child Care and Development Fund Entitlement
- Medicaid and Medicare
How can you help?
Respond to the Census request for information: Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail. This will mark the first time that you will be able to respond to the census online. Do your part by taking part in the count.
Tell your friends and family to take part: Explain how being counted or the Census affects the funding received in our community. Learn more about the Census impact on communities.
Work for the 2020 Census as Census taker: To ensure that our community receives an accurate count, you can apply for jobs as a Census-taker. Positions pay an average of $16/hour. For more information, visit the Census jobs website.