Census officials say, the federal government will allocate nearly 7-trillion dollars to cities and states from 2020 to 2030. That’s why everyone counts. But children are among the most under-reported people in the census. And by not counting them accurately- schools, health agencies and other critical services will not receive their fair share in federal money.

That means a child somewhere may not have enough to eat or the medicine they need to thrive. It also means they may not have the educational resources they need to excel in the classroom.

That’s why Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms joined ATLcounts Census 2020 to give Atlanta’s children a head-start with free backpacks, haircuts, school supplies and other necessities, during the City’s third Census 2020 block party. It was also a chance for residents to sign up to be counted when the census begins next year.