How Roots of Empathy is Supporting Children in 2021-22

This school year, children are going to need Roots of Empathy more than ever.

Roots of Empathy supports positive mental health and well-being, and creates a safe space for children to learn and talk about their feelings. We help them not only cope, but thrive.

Why Roots of Empathy?

In Roots of Empathy, children develop empathy, which allows them to understand themselves and relate to others. Quality relationships act as a protection against negative or stressful experiences by increasing a child’s resilience and sense of belonging. When children feel connected and supported, they are freed up to engage, focus, learn, grow and feel happy.

We bring a tiny teacher with their parent, a trained Instructor, and an age-appropriate curriculum to the classroom. We’re closely monitoring school guidelines and consulting with local health authorities, and we’ve adapted to ensure that children receive the same benefits no matter how education is being delivered.

2021-22 programme models

We’ve developed three different programme models for how Roots of Empathy will be delivered in schools for the 2021-22 school year. If you have any questions or are a school board administrator, please contact the Roots of Empathy manager in your region.

If you would like to join us,
sign up to be a host school, Instructor, or volunteer family.

Roots of Empathy Traditional Programme

This programme will be delivered by Roots of Empathy Instructors in areas that are least affected by COVID-19 and are able to bring volunteer families with their babies, the host classroom teacher and the students together around the green blanket.

Roots of Empathy Recovery Programme

This programme began in the fall of 2020, hosted by teachers in their classrooms. Roots of Empathy Instructors will deliver the programme in classrooms or virtually. A tiny teacher and their parent(s) will visit students virtually in the fall and in-person in January, supporting students’ adjustment back into the regular routine of school.