About Children's Village
Village of Washington County is a life safety education center located
in western Maryland. Our five-acre injury prevention campus was developed
through combined local, state and federal support.
Children's Village provides a centralized facility where safety
education is delivered to our county's second graders. Students
learn fire, traffic, water, pedestrian and other personal safety skills
from instructors, including uniformed firefighters and police officers. The core theme of instruction
is that fires and injuries are understandable, predictable and almost always preventable.
Nearly 2000 second graders from Washington County attend the center throughout the school year.
Family outreach is estimated at 10,000. An annual open house draws another 2,000 citizens to the center.
The campus also serves as home base for juvenile firesetting
intervention and other community-based life safety programs.
Program impact and outcome are impressive. A positive life safety behavioral
or environmental change occurs in half the households who have a child
attend Children's Village. Significant residential fires have
dropped over fifty percent since the program began in 1991.
Children's Village has earned national
recognition for its success story. A significant portion of the
campus was built entirely though in-kind contributions from the
local community. There are currently 27 documented cases where
former students have saved lives as a direct result of lessons
leaned at the center.