U.S. Census Bureau offers census-related resources for classrooms


Statistics in Schools (SIS), a program from the U.S. Census Bureau, offers free resources related to the 2020 census that teachers can use to educate students about the importance of the once-a-decade count of the U.S. population, with a special focus on counting all children.

This is critical because 2020 census responses will provide the basis for distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds to states and communities each year for the next 10 years – including money for important school programs and services such as:

  • Special education;
  • Free and reduced-price meals;
  • Class size reduction;
  • Classroom technology;
  • Teacher training;
  • Afterschool programs; and
  • Head Start.

The resources – which were created by teachers – are designed to engage students and align with standards and are designed for use with existing lesson plans. SIS provides activities for grades pre-K-12 to support learning in nearly every subject. The SIS website has more than 200 activities and resources.

Visit the SIS website for more information or to register for the SIS newsletter that highlights SIS events and materials.

Kentucky Youth Advocates is promoting SIS with a sweepstakes that gives teachers the chance to win $500 for their school by using SIS materials during the Census Bureau’s SIS Week March 2-6.

Visit Kentucky Youth Advocates’ website for more information on the sweepstakes.