What is the Children’s Safety Village?
Located on two and a half acres, in the Region of Waterloo, Ontario, the Children’s Safety Village (CSV) is a world-class facility that leads the way for other Canadian Safety Villages.
The CSV, operating as a not-for-profit, is a multi-agency organization with the following partners holding interests:
- The Regional Municipality of Waterloo
- Waterloo Regional Police Services Board
- The Corporation of the City of Kitchener (Fire Department)
- The Corporation of the City of Cambridge (Fire Department)
- The Corporation of the City of Waterloo (Fire Department)
The CSV provides programming to approximately 22,000 students in grades 1-6, from Waterloo Region annually. This is accomplished through strong partnerships with both the Waterloo Region District School Board and the Waterloo Catholic District School Board.
Students participate in programming taught by our Police Educator or Fire Educator. Programming is specific to school grade and the curriculum is updated annually, or as needed to stay current with changing environments. Studies have proven than hands-on learning is more effective for children, and therefore all of the CSV curriculums utilize classroom lecture and hands-on learning approaches.
The CSV consists of the Main Education Centre and 25 miniature replica sponsor buildings making up the Village. The Village also has a functioning rail-crossing and traffic lights with a pedestrian crosswalk, a one-way street and a roundabout. The Main Education Centre has one police classroom, two fire classrooms and Sparky’s apartment.