Census: Resources Available for Teaching at Home

Published on April 24, 2020

With Arlington schools closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, many parents and caregivers are looking for ways to help students continue their learning. The Census Bureau's Statistics in Schools program offers hundreds of free activities and resources, including worksheets, videos, maps, and interactive online tools, for students of all ages.

Although originally created by teachers for use in the classroom, SIS resources are easily adaptable for use at home. The worksheets and activities and can be used to enhance and supplement learning at all grade levels.

Check out these free activities and resources for pre-K through 12th grade:

  • K-12- You'll find activities appropriate for all grade levels - from counting for kindergarteners to  statistics for high schoolers. Look for specific materials to enhance learning in mathhistory, social studiesgeographysociology, and English.

  • Pre-K - Entertain and educate young children with a storybook, song, and interactive activities that involve counting and learning about their community. These resources—available in both English and Spanish—explain the 2020 Census and introduce children to the importance of numbers in a fun and simple way.

  • Spanish- Some of the Statistics in Schools materials were developed for use in Puerto Rico and are available in Spanish. They can be used by Spanish speakers or as part of a Spanish-language learning course.

Respond to the 2020 Census

If you haven't yet responded to the 2020 Census, this is something you can do with your kids today! The questionnaire takes about 10 minutes to fill out.  Make sure to count everyone living with you, including children.

The count helps shape resources for children in Arlington over the next decade - for some children, that can encompass almost every year of their schooling. The funding includes support for schools, health insurance programs, hospitals, child care, food assistance,  early childhood development programs, and more.


The U.S. Census counts every resident in the nation, including right here in Arlington County. As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, America gets just one chance each decade to count its population. The collected data help to determine things like the number of seats Virginia has in the House of Representatives, and how to distribute federal funds to local communities like ours.