The Education Subcommittee will create, facilitate and coordinate census awareness activities among the various educational levels from pre-kindergarten to post-graduate, including day care centers, Head Start programs and private/home schools.
How will the 2020 Census benefit your schools?
The next Census of the United States will be taken in 2020. A full and accurate count is critical for Alabama’s schools because many of the federal programs that support public schools, their students and families distribute money to the state based on statistics. An undercount or drop in Census numbers for Alabama will mean less funding allocated to the state and – as an extension – to your schools. A full count will ensure Alabama and our schools will claim our fair share of federal funds for education; will paint a more accurate statistical portrait of the state; and will aid in the projection of trends in education.
Here are some of the programs that allocate funds based on statistics that will be collected during the 2020 Census:
Title I Grants to Local Education Agencies – Helps local educational agencies improve teaching and learning in high-poverty schools, particularly for children failing to meet challenging state academic achievement standards.
Fiscal Year 2015 Obligation for Alabama: $221,884,171
National School Lunch Program – Assists states, through cash grants and food donations, in providing a nutritious nonprofit lunch service for school children and to encourage the domestic consumption of nutritious agricultural commodities.
Fiscal Year 2015 Obligation for Alabama: $210,937,195
Special Education Grants (IDEA) – Assists states in providing special education and related services to all children with disabilities.
Fiscal Year 2015 Obligation for Alabama: $179,592,125
Head Start/Early Head Start – Promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of low-income children through the provision of comprehensive health, educational, nutritional, social and other services; involves parents in their children’s learning; and helps parents make progress toward their educational, literacy and employment goals.
Fiscal Year 2015 Obligation for Alabama: $131,948,138
Medical Assistance Program (Medicaid) – $2,903,353,053
State Children’s Health Insurance Program – $172,891,000
Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) – $113,297,077
Child Care and Development Fund – Entitlement – $42,008,000