The 2010 census missed 2.2 million kids under 5 years old, and the upcoming count may miss even more if young children are not a priority. The stakes are high: 55 major federal programs, including Head Start and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, allocate more than $880 billion each year based on census data. It is estimated that 15 percent or 53,000 of Maryland’s kids are at risk of being undercounted in the upcoming 2020 census, putting federally funded supports that have driven youth success in jeopardy. The potential undercount could cost the state roughly $2.5 billion in federal funding across 10 programs aimed at helping children and youth. While the census does not officially begin until next April, ACY is gearing up now to ensure that we #CountAllKids in 2020.
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