On Thursday, October 7, Seema Iyer, PhD of Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance—Jacob France Institute joined Baltimore Family Alliance virtually for our Community Conversation: What does the Census Data mean for our families? Seema D. Iyer Ph.D. is associate director of the Jacob France Institute (JFI) in the University of Baltimore’s Merrick School of Business. Dr. Iyer oversees the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance at JFI, which is also part of the Urban Institute’s National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership of sites that provide longitudinal, community-based data on demographics, housing, crime, education and sustainability. Prior to joining UBalt, Dr. Iyer served as Chief of Research & Strategic Planning for Baltimore City’s Planning Department.
What does the Census Data mean for our families?
According to EdNote, "The census directly influences education, as census counts impact the federal funds allocated for educational programs. Census data determines funding for special education, Head Start, school nutrition, after-school programming and classroom technology, as well as maternal and child health programs." Given this importance, Baltimore families need to know what do these recent Census numbers mean for them.