State and federal decision makers rely on census data to figure out where new schools are needed and where hundreds of billions of dollars in federal and state spending will go to help pay for teachers, textbooks, and other educational expenses.

Census data influences the distribution of billions of dollars—almost $16 billion for Title I grants that help local educational agencies serve more than 24 million students in low-income families and communities, more than $12 billion for special education grants to states, along with funds for the national school lunch program, Head Start, and grants for improving teacher quality.

If your community is not fully counted in the 2020 Census, your children could miss out on the educational resources they need and deserve.