The census is what designates funding for more than 100 federal programs, and Kimberly Mowbray, local mother and educator, is focused on how the census will impact her family and her local community.
“If we’re not reporting ourselves accurately, we’re probably not getting as much help or funds that we could be using,” she said.
Kimberly Mowbray is a Washington State University alumni and current health and wellness teacher at Kamiak Elementary School. Mowbray has lived in Pullman since 2014, and has two twin boys, Jackson and Thaddeus, with her partner Terry Turner and his daughter, Samantha Turner.
Public education is a major aspect of Mowbray’s life, she said, and since the census directly impacts funding for school districts, it’s even more important that she makes sure her family counts.
“Our community has supported us [the school district] a lot, but it’s always nice to know that we have an opportunity to strengthen our programs,” she said.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, statistics from the census are used to determine federal funding for special education, Head Start, after school programs, classroom technology, meal assistance and maternal child health programs.
Mowbray is also a full-time working mother of three in a blended family, and an increase in community activities, after-school programs and child care would help her, as well as many other families in Pullman, she said.
“The cost of daycare for one is insane, and having two makes it even more difficult,” she said.
Improvements to after-school programs not only impact her family, but the students she teaches, and having more childcare options for the community would greatly enhance the importance of the census, she said.
Mom’s say #CougsCount for the community, and it’s on Pullman to make sure we shape our future with the census. Click here to learn more about how you can shape the future of your family.