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Kindergarten girl working on an assignment at home.

Tomorrow — April 21 — is National Kindergarten Day!

Celebrate National Kindergarten Day with a variety of entertaining and educational materials using data from the U.S. Census Bureau!

While the 2020 U.S. Census won’t ask you about your educational background, another of the United States Census Bureau’s regular population estimate programs — such as the Current Population Survey (CPS) and the American Community Survey (ACS) — do! They typically ask about education from elementary school, high school, college, or professional school. In essence, public, private, and homeschool are also all included, as well as non-degree programs and short-term career and technical courses on occasion.

The CPS is the primary source of labor force statistics for the United States’ population and collects data for a variety of other studies that keep the nation informed of the economic and social well-being of its people. At the same time, the ACS helps local officials, community leaders, and businesses understand the changes taking place in their local communities through the detailed population and housing information.

This data even helps us determine who’s currently in school and who’s not. For example, did you know that according to the 2018 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, there were an estimated 3,978,101 children in kindergarten? In 2018 alone, there were around 76.8 million people enrolled in schools across all educational levels!

These are just a few examples of how data collected from the United States Census Bureau can better inform our everyday lives! Want to know how you can educate and entertain your kindergartner with data collected from the census? Look no further than the U.S. Census Bureau’s Statistics in Schools (SIS) program!

We previously published a blog on the variety of activities the Statistics in Schools program offers for parents and teachers to use from home to educate their children.

For grades K-2, we encouraged children to learn about the numbers of people nationwide who speak English, Spanish, and other languages at home. However, Statistics in Schools offers a variety of different activities and programs for children to engage with on National Kindergarten Day — all powered by official data from the U.S. Census Bureau!

“A kindergartener counted in the 2020 Census this spring will be starting high school when the next census comes around in 2030: That’s 10 years of school supplies, teachers, school lunches, and so much more. This is your opportunity to help ensure they have a bright future.” – The United States Census Bureau

Visit www.MSCensus2020.org to fill out your 2020 Mississippi Census online and to also learn more about your participation impact.

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