"I had no idea my salary could depend on an accurate count of the children in my community. This isn't political - its fundamental. Help me help everyone get it right!"
Head Start Teacher
•Understand why a correct and complete census count is important, and why it can be complicated for many families to take the census.
•Know the difference between telling families to take the census and opening a safe space to have an authentic conversation about complexities and concerns around the census and being counted.
•Practice and plan with peers how to:
•GIVE each family a gift of the WE COUNT! book - individually, or within a group setting.
•OPEN together to do a “bookwalk,” and find answers to Census questions and concerns.
•DECIDE together how to count their household.
•OFFER support as they complete the form in writing, online or by phone.
•Gain clarity, sense of purpose, and the confidence needed to step into the role of “trusted messenger” for families taking the 2020 Census.
•Replicate the training for colleagues and other service providers in the community.
The Program Toolkit
Let us help you and the educators, providers and leaders of your community all get on the same page about the 2020 Census.
Many families won't answer a knock on the door - let alone trust recently hired enumerators - to help them fill out the Census forms. WE COUNT! gives "Trusted Advisors" at community agencies tools and strategies to engage families in genuine conversations -- about the Census, civic participation, and democracy.
Engaging those across a community who already support families -such as Childcare Providers, Teachers, Nurses, Home Visitors, Family Support and Maternal and Child Health practitioners- builds upon existing social capital - to address the complex issues around the Census and being counted.
When your community launches a WE COUNT! campaign in addition to a quantity of WE COUNT! books to give to every parent - every partner agency will have online access to:
Live teleconference Training of Trainer events for community trainers to then replicate these experiential training with the "trusted messengers," service providers that directly work with families, so they can:
Use WE COUNT! as a tool to launch a conversation about the Census, and confidently discuss the value of being counted.
Identify who should be counted within a household and support families as they fill out the Census 2020 online, on a phone or in writing.
Model intergenerational reading and searching in books and online to find trustworthy advice and information about complicated issues.
A simple training video on core Census topics, for other practitioners who want to encourage community participation in the census.
An Implementation Handbook with:
Partnership Planning sample emails and strategies
Implementation and evaluation tools.
A curriculum that ensures "trusted advisors" are prepared to discuss the Census with families.