About Us

     Every summer in Santa Barbara, over five hundred kindergarten and first grade children prepare for the school year by participating in Safety Town, a safety education program which has served children of Santa Barbara County since 1975. During the five-day program, they learn the essential skills they will need in their daily activities at school and at home. 

     Each Safety Town session starts on a Monday when parents and children arrive at the school site where they find a carefully laid out city built to the scale of a small child. Miniature buildings line a grid of streets complete with traffic signs and signals. Each child receives a bright yellow tee shirt to wear during program sessions. After a brief orientation meeting, the children say goodbye to their parents and break into small groups led by volunteer teen counselors and supervised by staff.

    In these groups, the children learn and practice safety skills. They learn how to safely cross the street and how to obey traffic signals. They practice these skills while walking and while driving miniature cars, complete with safety belts. They are taught safety at railroad crossings, safe bicycle interaction, personal and stranger safety, and how to handle potentially unsafe situations when at play or in the home. Videos, craft projects, songs, and games reinforce the safe conduct rules the children have learned.

     Safety Town is staffed by paid credentialed teachers and assistants. Volunteers from the National Charity League and teen volunteers (Counselors in Training) work with the children under staff supervision.Board members of Safety Town of Santa Barbara County volunteer their time to organize, promote, and oversee the program.

    Safety Town has been in operation in Santa Barbara for over 40 years as a fee-for-service summer camp. In recent years,  scholarships have been made available to economically disadvantaged children. With the help of several generous community organizations and foundations, program enrollment has doubled.

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Safety Town Mission:

     Our mission is to provide a quality, comprehensive, safety education program to pre and post-kindergarteners, regardless of a family’s ability to pay for services. 
It is our goal to decrease the incidence of preventable injuries and lower the mortality rates among children.

     The Safety Town program provides instruction of vital safety concepts, developmentally age appropriate activities, hands on learning, and visits from community safety professionals to implement the learning process in a fun, positive environment.

     Through our program, we strive to give children the tools to develop and build a foundation of safety knowledge and awareness, to empower them to make safe choices for a safe future.

 Quick Information

Eligibility: All children entering kindergarten or first grade in the Fall of 2020, and will be 5 years old by Sept. 1, 2020.

Cost:  $175 per session. Fee includes a Safety Town T-shirt to be worn daily. For online registration, there will be a $25 transfer fee to change sessions. Scholarships are available for those who qualify. If approved for a scholarship, a $25 Family Scholarship Co-pay is requested to confirm registration. A fee of $25 will be charged for every 15 minutes you are late picking up your child.

Special Needs: Children who require a 1:1 (one-to-one aide) presently, or who need extra support, are also required to have an aide during the program, provided by the parents. Transitioning from one activity to another occurs about 8-10 times daily, within the 3 ½ hour day.** Please consider if this affects your child in a positive manner.

Volunteer Ratio: The average ratio is one volunteer to every two to three children. 

Discipline policy: For the protection and well being of all participants, students must be able to follow simple instructions. Inappropriate behavior and/or negative language and attitude may be grounds for dismissal from the program. A warning will first be issued, followed by removal from activity if negative behavior persists. Dependent upon the nature of the behavior, parents will be notified to discuss appropriate measures and possible dismissal of their child from Safety Town.The Safety Town staff and Safety Town of Santa Barbara County reserve the right to make appropriate adjustments and/or dismiss any student for behavior that poses a safety risk to themselves or others.

** Shorter holiday week, with extended hours so campers will enjoy all of the same camp experiences.