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Statement for the Record on House Oversight and Reform's Hearing Highlighting Hard-to-Count Communities in the 2020 Census
Statement for the Record of Myra Jones-Taylor, Chief Policy Officer, ZERO TO THREE
On January 9th, 2020, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform held a hearing on “Reaching Hard-to-Count Communities in the 2020 Census”. Very young children are often the most likely members of a family to be missed in the Census and accordingly are categorized by the Census Bureau as hard-to-count. Unlike other age groups, for whom the count has improved over time, the count of young children has only grown increasingly inaccurate. Overlooking and under counting overburdened and under-resourced young children has serious consequences. The population most likely to be missed in the Census is the same group of children most likely to live in poverty, experience homelessness, and live in stress. ZERO TO THREE submitted testimony to emphasize the critical importance of correctly counting young children in the 2020 Census.