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Information for Respondents

Respond to the Survey

If you received a letter from the U.S. Census Bureau requesting your response to the National Survey of Children’s Health, learn more about responding and why each completed survey is important. 

Gather the materials we mailed to you.

  1. Go to https://respond.census.gov/nsch
  2. Enter your 8-digit Login ID provided with your mailed materials. 
  3. Even if there are no children 0-17 years old in your household, please log in to let us know.

  4. After successfully logging in, you will be assigned a 4-digit PIN and asked to select a security question.

Make note of your assigned 4-digit PIN. The PIN is required every time you enter the survey. If you forget this PIN, you will be asked to provide your security question response to recover it.

If you need assistance with the survey or have questions, please call us at 1-800-845-8241. TTY users can dial 1-800-877-8339 to use the Federal Relay Service.

Si necesita ayuda para responder a esta encuesta o tiene preguntas en español, llame al 1-800-845-8241. Los usuarios de TTY o Teletipo, pueden llamar al 1-800-877-8339 para usar el Servicio Federal de Retransmisión.

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Is it safe to provide my information over the internet?

Your information is always encrypted. Our secure servers use "HTTPS," Hypertext Transfer Protocol over Secure Socket Layer, to ensure the encrypted transmission of data between your browser and the U.S. Census Bureau.

This means that instead of sending readable text over the Internet, both your browser and our server encode (scramble) all data using a security key. In addition to data being encrypted during transmission, all data are encrypted for protection when stored on the Census Bureau servers.

How do I recover my Web survey LoginID or PIN?

If you have lost or misplaced your Web Login ID and/or PIN, please call the U.S. Census Bureau toll-free at 1-800-845-8241 for assistance. TTY users can dial 1-800-877-8339 to use the Federal Relay Service.

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You can respond in one of the following ways:

· Web questionnaire

· Paper questionnaire

As noted in the letter you received requesting your participation, if you cannot complete the survey by Web, you may contact the U.S. Census Bureau at 1-800-845-8241 or childrenshealth@census.gov for assistance. You can also contact us if you received a Web questionnaire invitation only and prefer to respond by paper.

Si necesita un cuestionario en español, por favor llame gratis al 1-800-845-8241 o envíe un correo electrónico a  childrenshealth@census.gov. Si necesita ayuda o tiene preguntas sobre cómo completar este formulario, llame al 1-800-845-8241. Los usuarios de TTY o Teletipo, pueden llamar al 1-800-877-8339 para usar el Servicio Federal de Retransmisión.

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Frequently Asked Questions for Respondents

Top questions about the National Survey of Children’s Health. For a full list of questions, visit MCHB’s Participant’s FAQs

The U.S. Census Bureau chose your address, not you personally, from a scientifically selected sample from a list of ALL mailable addresses in the country. Only a sample is selected because surveying every address in the country would cost too much and take too long.

It is important that all selected households respond to the survey to make sure that the experiences of all types of households and families are represented.

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Participating in the NSCH helps families, communities, educators, researchers, policymakers, child advocates, and the general public better understand and respond to the health service needs of children and families. Your response also helps provide information for various federal and state programs that keep track of U.S. children's health, including the Title V maternal and child health program and the Healthy People 2030 initiative.

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The information that you provide is used solely for statistical purposes. All U.S. Census Bureau employees take an oath of confidentiality and are subject to fines or imprisonment for improperly disclosing information. Names and addresses are removed from all forms, and are not included in any statistical release. Also, the NSCH NEVER asks for:

  • your Social Security number
  • your personal information via email
  • money or donations
  • credit card information

For more information about U.S. Census Bureau data protection and privacy, visit https://www.census.gov/about/policies/privacy.html

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Yes, even if there are no children in the home, we still need you to respond so that we can get accurate information about the number of children living in the United States.

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Page Last Revised - August 23, 2022
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