ACOE serves 18 Alameda County public school districts, with more than 225,000 students and 10,000 teachers. Of Alameda County's students, approximately 20% are English learners, more than 1,000 are foster youth, and more than 24,000 are considered students with disabilities. These populations are among the hardest to count in a census.
The Census Office is calling on county offices of education to help ensure an accurate census count. ACOE's role is to leverage each program, school district, and communication channel to encourage participation in the 2020 Census.
Counting Each Resident
Alameda County is home to many historically undercounted populations, which has led to underrepresentation of the count and true diversity of our community. A Hard-to-Count (HTC) index is used to indicate which Census tracts need the most attention to ensure a correct enumeration of its residents. The HTC index is determined by many factors, including the number of residents who are:
- Children ages 0-5
- Asian-Americans & Pacific Islanders
- Homeless individuals and families
- People with disabilities
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning individuals
- Households with limited English proficiency
- Immigrants and refugees
- Middle-Eastern North Africans
We are proud that each of these populations calls Alameda County home, and ACOE will promote participation in Census 2020 with a focus on the populations that most need representation and are least likely to be counted.
California Hard to Count Interactive Map
ACOE's 2020 Census Strategy
In April 2019, ACOE confirmed its commitment to participating in the California Complete Count Census 2020 outreach effort. This commitment includes engaging youth in a Student Census Challenge, partnering with the Alameda County Complete Count Committee to promote Census centers, and providing Census information to students, families and the public via school districts.
STUDENT VIDEO PSA CONTEST
We are launching a video public service announcement contest for Alameda County students on December 16, 2019.