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Schools & Child Care

Roots of Empathy

Roots of Empathy is a research-based classroom program available to elementary schools. The program is designed for JK-Grade 8 classrooms with a comprehensive curriculum that is grade specific. The curriculum is divided into nine themes, with three classroom visits supporting each theme, for a total of 27 classroom sessions throughout the school year. For more information about Roots of Empathy, visit

Among children who participate, the Roots of Empathy program has been shown to:

  • Increase social and emotional knowledge, prosocial behaviour and empathy
  • Increase students’ perceptions of their classroom as a caring environment
  • Increase understanding of infant development and parenting
  • Decrease aggression.

Combined with other school-wide and classroom strategies, it can help to promote positive mental health and well-being.

  • Trained Roots of Empathy Instructor to deliver the classroom based program
  • Interested classroom teacher
  • Family with an infant who is 2 - 4 months of age at the beginning of the program (programs typically begin in mid-October).

Each school board has a key point person that coordinates Roots of Empathy programming for their schools. Please connect directly with your school board to find out who that is.
Roots of Empathy "... is a wonderful program that teaches a classroom community to see the world through the eyes of others. Gaining a deeper understanding of the development of a young child enabled my students to accept their own differences and the difference of their classmates. Students not only gained an appreciation for how difficult it is to raise a child but also how many factors influence a child’s life. Through the Roots of Empathy program we learned valued life lessons that will continue to influence our students throughout their lifetimes." Local Teacher
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