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Early Childhood Development Expert Responds to Supreme Court Decision on Citizenship Question from 2020 Census

Jun 27, 2019

The following statement regarding the Supreme Court decision on the citizenship question in the 2020 Census should be attributed to Myra Jones-Taylor, Chief Policy Officer, ZERO TO THREE:

“ZERO TO THREE is heartened by the Supreme Court’s ruling to put the brakes on the untested citizenship question on the 2020 Decennial Census. This decision will help to ensure a full, fair and accurate Census, leading to the proper allocation of resources to support programs for babies and families, such as child care, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and housing services.

“The trend of undercounting young children has grown over the last several Decennial Censuses and as many as 2 million young children under 5 were missed in 2010. With at least $800 billion in federal assistance determined from Census-derived data, an accurate count will bolster America’s promise of essential services and supports to the infants, toddlers and families who need them to thrive, helping to safeguard our country’s well-being and future.

“The Census shows us just how different families are, but what they all share is the need for support to give their babies a strong start in life. ZERO TO THREE looks forward to working with our coalition partners and other stakeholders to guarantee an accurate 2020 Census count for all families.”


ZERO TO THREE works to ensure all babies and toddlers benefit from the family and community connections critical to their well-being and development. Since 1977, the organization has advanced the proven power of nurturing relationships by transforming the science of early childhood into helpful resources, practical tools and responsive policies for millions of parents, professionals and policymakers. For more information, and to learn how to become a ZERO TO THREE member, please visit zerotothree.org, facebook.com/zerotothree, or follow @zerotothree on Twitter.

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