According to Gibson, some central DeKalb residents, especially immigrants and refugees, might have language and literacy barriers to correctly filling out the Census form. Clarkston, Ga. has one of the highest percentages of refugee families in the country, and is known as the most diverse square mile in the U.S. Others might fear the government or be unclear on how the data will be used. Gibson says communication is the key.
“The grant will be used to train and support leadership and staff of early learning programs, including child care centers, school-based Pre-K programs, Head Start, family child care learning homes, family literacy programs and home visiting services,” said Gibson. “Community ambassadors will help them develop their own Census Counts plan by including Census information in regular scheduled activities like parent meetings, conferences, special events, and more.”