Roots of Empathy is an evidence-based classroom program that reduces levels of aggression among school children while raising social/emotional competence and increasing empathy. The program was first introduced in Niagara in 2000. During the 2015/16 school year, there were 80 classrooms at 67 schools involving approximately 2,000 students participating locally.
The heart of the program is a neighbourhood infant and parent, who visit the classroom with a certified instructor nine times over the school year. The students observe the baby’s development, celebrate milestones, interact with the baby and learn about an infant’s needs and unique temperament. A trained Roots of Empathy Instructor visits the classroom before and after each family visit to reinforce the teaching, for a total of 27 visits during the school year.
To speak to someone about the program here in Niagara, contact the ECCDC at 905-646-7311 or email@example.com.