How taking the census sets children up for a better future

Being counted in the 2020 Census impacts critical childhood services in York County for the next 10 years.

Thousands of families in York County can’t afford to send their kids to childcare.  

Many are left with an unqualified caregiver or miss out on the early education that will prepare them for kindergarten. Some may spend the rest of their lives trying to catch up. 

It can take three months for a low-income working parent in York County to get the assistance needed to help pay for childcare. In addition, many quality programs, including STAR 3 and 4, Pre-K Counts, Early Head Start, and Head Start, have waiting lists in the hundreds.

“We just don’t have the funding to help everyone,” says Christy Renjilian, Executive Director at Child Care Consultants, which supports families in finding and affording quality childcare services.  

A portion of their state and federal funding is determined by York County’s population count, which is why taking the 2020 Census is so important – and so is including children in the count.

(Click here to take it online now.)

The Census Bureau estimated that more than 2 million children were missed in the census a decade ago, with 26,000 of those in Pennsylvania. That hurts local families, Christy says.  

When parents don’t have access to affordable childcare, some quit their jobs. Others might not be as productive at work because they’re worry about the safety of their children.  

An accurate census count means waiting lists could shrink, and many of those problems could go away. 

“The research tells us that if we provide high-quality care to our youngest children, they’re much more likely to be successful in school and life,” Christy says. “By entering kindergarten ready to learn, they’re going to be adults who contribute to a better community.” 

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How taking the census sets children up for a better future

Being counted in the 2020 Census impacts critical childhood services in York County for the next 10 years.

Thousands of families in York County can’t afford to send their kids to childcare.  

Many are left with an unqualified caregiver or miss out on the early education that will prepare them for kindergarten. Some may spend the rest of their lives trying to catch up. 

It can take three months for a low-income working parent in York County to get the assistance needed to help pay for childcare. In addition, many quality programs, including STAR 3 and 4, Pre-K Counts, Early Head Start, and Head Start, have waiting lists in the hundreds.

“We just don’t have the funding to help everyone,” says Christy Renjilian, Executive Director at Child Care Consultants, which supports families in finding and affording quality childcare services.  

A portion of their state and federal funding is determined by York County’s population count, which is why taking the 2020 Census is so important – and so is including children in the count. 

(Click here to take it online now.)

The Census Bureau estimated that more than 2 million children were missed in the census a decade ago, with 26,000 of those in Pennsylvania. That hurts local families, Christy says.  

When parents don’t have access to affordable childcare, some quit their jobs. Others might not be as productive at work because they’re worry about the safety of their children.  

An accurate census count means waiting lists could shrink, and many of those problems could go away. 

“The research tells us that if we provide high-quality care to our youngest children, they’re much more likely to be successful in school and life,” Christy says. “By entering kindergarten ready to learn, they’re going to be adults who contribute to a better community.” 

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Children younger than 5 are the least counted age group in the census. But they’re often the ones who need to be counted most.

Christy Renjilian, Executive Director at Child Care Consultants

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Children younger than 5 are the least counted age group in the census. But they’re often the ones who need to be counted most.

Christy Renjilian, Executive Director at Child Care Consultants

Take the census online now

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