This site is designed for adult education programs, teachers, and students who want to learn about and participate in the Census 2020. On a rolling basis, we are compiling and developing Census materials that are clear, easy-to-read, and engaging to ABE, ASE, and ESOL students.
Census Activities Timeline (PDF, offers teachers/programs a loose guideline for when to teach what)
- We Count (video in English, 2:11 min), created by Rockthevote.org, uses diverse voices to explain the importance of being counted and ends with people saying “We count” in various languages.
- Con el Censo, hagámonos contar (video in Spanish, 2:08 min) created by Centro Presente and Lawyers for Civil Rights, Boston, covers census basics, including what the census will not ask.
- “As an immigrant…” (video in Spanish, 1:08 min) narrated by Antonio Ruiz from the Multicultural Institute, and produced by San Mateo County, this video discusses the importance of being counted no matter what your immigration status is.
- What is the Census? (video in English with Spanish subtitles, 1:51) created by the Census Bureau covers all census basics.
- Who the Census Counts explains how people are counted and who is counted.
- Census Basics One-Pagers: What is the Census? What does it matter? Who is at risk of being undercounted? What will the Census ask me? How do I participate in the Census? Do I have to complete the Census? Is my information safe? (forthcoming)
- Census enumerator jobs: Provides comprehensive information on one page from censusoutreach.org
- Census jobs page (in English or Spanish) with links to job details, pay and locations, and online application
- Hiring guide with timeline (PDF developed by Pennsylvania)
- List of job qualifications and skills used in the Census enumerator job
- The work described (video, 1:39 min)
- How to apply for a census job (video, 2:23 min)
- The AARP discusses working for the census, text and video (1:01) in English and text in Spanish.
- Will the Census hire non-citizens? The answer is maybe. Read more about it here.
- For FAQs about census jobs and the application process that may be particularly relevant to adult learners, look here.
- Census 2020: Preparing Your Adult Education Program, Participants, and Community — featuring California’s Adult Education Program (webinar, 60 min). Here is a curriculum guide adapted from Sequoia Adult Education Consortium’s Census Enumerator job pathway.
- The Census Questions and Sample Census 2020 form
- Race and Origin Questions: A look at the race and origin questions on the census and how to respond
- Census Language Guides: Census information in 58 languages (forthcoming)
Risk of undercount
- Interactive Map of Hard to Count Communities: Many of those who go uncounted include racial and ethnic minorities, low-income residents, non-English speakers and those experiencing homelessness.
- These Technology FAQs from Census Counts cover Cybersecurity, Data Security, and Operations. Find Census Bureau fact sheets and FAQs here. For more detail, read this blog. Read “The Challenge of America’s First Online Census” on Wired.
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