SEASIDE, Calif. (KION) The Monterey County Office of Education (MCOE) is hoping to achieve 100% participation in the upcoming 2020 Census.
MCOE officials said, in 2010, Monterey and San Benito counties were undercounted by approximately 20-30%.
MCOE Educational Administrator, Jennifer Elemen, said not choosing to participate in the 2020 Census could result in the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars over the next ten years.
Elemen said this money could be used to benefit schools, healthcare, housing and many other aspects of the community.
"This time we want to make sure we actively advocate for everyone's participation and let everyone know the Census is for everyone. Do not be afraid to participate, regardless of immigration status, citizenship status, everyone counts. We need the accurate population count to get federal dollars to our community and to make sure we get the representation in Congress that we deserve," said Elemen.
The importance of participating in the 2020 Census was presented in front of parents at Seaside High School's annual "Parent University" event.
MCOE officials reminded parents that anyone can respond to the Census by one of four ways: online, by phone, by mail or in person.
Online submissions open on March 12, 2020.
Census Day is on April 1, 2020.