April 7, 2020
Young children have a right to be counted in the Census
This is the third post in a series where we explore how human rights inform child and family policy
research and advocacy in New York, and CCC’s approach to community-based research and campaigns. CLICK
HERE to read the first blog in this series on Eleanor Roosevelt, CCC founder and champion of
international human rights.CLICK HERE to read the
second blog on Children’s Rights in New York City.
This post takes a closer look at the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in relation to
the 2020 Census in the United States.
A birth certificate is one of the most important documents we have in our lives. It is proof that a
It is for this reason that Article 7 in the Convention on the Rights of the Child makes immediate birth
Article 7The child shall be registered immediately after birth and shall
In the United States, birth registration is effectively universal. But there is another way the
The decennial census influences how much funding a child’s community receives over the next 10 years.
Sadly, we know that one million young children, those under five years of age, were not counted in the
Young children are undercounted in the census for a variety of reasons, but about 80% of the time, they
However, there are very strong laws in place to protect everyone’s privacy, including children.
Census Bureau employees must follow rules in Title
Article 16No child shall be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference with
Everyone must know that the census is safe, but many families may not be informed about the measures the
Households with young children are less familiar with the census and have lower levels of
Everyone, but especially households with children, and even more specifically households with young
Article 17 States Parties recognize the important function performed by the mass
We at Citizens’ Committee for Children launched the Every Child Counts NYC! campaign
Again, counting everyone in the city during the
Keeping Track of New York City’s Children: 2020To learn more about the ways Census funding
The current global public health crisis—the COVID-19 pandemic—has brought an additional layer of
Visit CCC’s Census
Resource Library to get more information on ensuring a complete
count of New Yorkers, including and especially young children.