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Census 2020: Understanding the Risks and Implications of Undercounting LA’s Young Children

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
10:00am - 12:00pm PDT
California Community Foundation, Joan Palevsky Center
221 S Figueroa St Suite 400, Los Angeles, CA 90012
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Children 0-4 years old have been identified as one of five populations most at risk of being under-counted in the 2020 Census. In fact, experts believe that in LA County alone, as many as 500,000 young children, birth to age four, may not have been counted in the 2010 Census. With nearly 75% of all federal grant funding determined by Census data, raising the local response rate among families with young children is critical to increasing the flow of federal dollars to programs serving children living in poverty. Childcare subsidies, for example, are provided to the state based on the Census count of children under age 5.

The implications for the health, education, and well-being of children in the first decade of their life will be significantly impacted by the public resources secured through an accurate Census count. With an estimated overall increase of 3.4 million residents between 2010 and 2020, California requires more, not less, federal resources than a decade ago.

Public-private partnerships will be key to mitigating the risk of a child under-count, especially given the fears families are facing from hostile political rhetoric and policies targeting low-income communities, people of color, and immigrants. Hear from three experts in state government, philanthropy, and the nonprofit sector as we explore opportunities for collaboration and strategies to begin preparing now to reach and accurately count families with young children.

Special Presentation:

California Counts 2020: A Census Policy and Outreach Campaign Plan

  • John Dobard, Manager of Political Voice, Advancement Project California



  • Ditas Katague, Chair, National Advisory Committee on Race, Ethnicities & Other Populations, U.S. Census Bureau and State Lead, California Complete Count Committee
  • Virginia Mosqueda, Senior Program Officer, James Irvine Foundation
  • Perla Ni, President & CEO, Great Nonprofits and Lead for Census Outreach
  • Kim Pattillo Brownson, Vice President of Policy & Strategy at First 5 LA (Moderator) 


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Who May Attend
Members of the LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment, current SCG members, and non-members eligible for SCG membership

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