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.
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.
To speak to someone about the program here in Niagara, contact the ECCDC at 905-646-7311 or firstname.lastname@example.org.