The NCL has made the 2020 Census its priority issue for 2018-2019. Our overarching goal in doing so is to ensure as full a count as possible of adult learners and their families and codependents. Many of these residents fall into one or more of the groups that the Census Bureau has identified as “hard to count” (and therefore at risk of an undercount). “Hard to count” populations include low-income households, foreign-born persons, people of color, rural residents, and young children.
The NCL has three interrelated objectives for its work on Census 2020:
- To provide information and advocacy so that policy makers understand and make provision for the challenges that adult learners may face in participating in the Census
- To give adult education practitioners the tools they need to support adult learners in understanding and completing the Census
- To collaborate with and support the work of other organizations that are focused on ensuring a complete count
Information and Advocacy for Policy Makers
- The NCL signed on to an amicus brief submitted to the Supreme Court outlining reasons for opposing the addition of a citizenship question to the Census.
- The NCL is providing guidance to the Census Bureau’s National Partnership Program on effective ways of working with adult education programs to ensure a full and fair count of hard-to-count populations.
Tools and Resources for Adult Education Practitioners
- Several NCL members gave a panel presentation on Census-related challenges and ways of addressing them at the 2019 COABE conference in March.
- The NCL and the New England Literacy Resource Center at World Education conducted a webinar on Preparing Adult Education Programs for the 2020 Census on June 4, 2019. The webinar recording is available here.
- NCL members are maintaining a regularly updated collection of Census-related resource materials on Google Drive here.