In just a matter of days now, residents in Atlanta will begin to get mail with one of the most important invitations they will ever receive – the one asking them to fill out the United States census.

That means the team from ATLcounts will be stepping up their game with some new recruits.

Kids will become crucial in spreading the message to their parents that they need to participate in Census 2020 and – just as important – to remember to include them in the count. That’s because children are often overlooked in the national tally. And when that happens, valuable and essential services like healthcare, food programs and education get underfunded.

In the coming weeks, look for more census-related events throughout the city, including those targeted to the kids, every Friday at one of Atlanta’s recreation centers.