PSD and the 2020 Census

Our kids count - please fill out the census

By now, most households should have received a card in the mail asking residents to complete the 2020 census. Please take a moment to answer the 10 questions on the census. It is confidential and requires only a few minutes of time that will result in millions in federal funding to PSD for needed student programs. 

Whether you have received a notice or not, you can complete your census over the phone or online. 

U.S. Census 2020 how to respond - three easy ways

Helpful U.S. Census YouTube videos:

Why fill it out?

The census counts everyone in the United States. The population count helps determine the allocation of federal dollars to states, cities, local communities and school districts, including PSD. Accurate counts help policy makers and others understand demographic, economic, and geographic trends as they make decisions. 

Learn more about the importance of census data on the U.S. Census website.


Census impacts federal funding for PSD services

Census impacts on PSD funding with graphics. Info is in provided in text on the page.
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An accurate census count helps PSD provide critical services for students. Federal funding supports PSD school nutrition programs and Title I schools. It also supports students with special needs, students who come from poverty, and those who are learning English.

Between 2011 and 2018, PSD received about $90 million in federal funds to implement these vital services. During that time, Colorado’s 178 school districts received a total of about $3.5 billion, according to the Colorado Department of Education.

The census also helps secure funding for roads and other public services in our community, as well as helps us prepare for natural disasters and emergencies. Read more about how the census count impacts communities.

U.S. Census Bureau YouTube podcast about census impacts on school funding:


Information is confidential  

All data collected through the census is protected under Title 13 of the U.S. Code. Records are confidential for 72 years by law. The U.S. Census Bureau will not share respondents' personal information with other government agencies and no individual records are released. In fact, all Census Bureau employees swear a lifetime oath to protect respondent information. The penalty for wrongful disclosure is up to five years imprisonment and/or a fine of $250,000.   

Learn more about how the U.S. Census Bureau protects your data. 

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