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How Roots of Empathy is Supporting Children in 2021-22

When school resumes, children are going to need Roots of Empathy more than ever.
We’ll be there as they make the transition back to the classroom.


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 what their schools look like this fall.

2021-22 program models

We’ve developed two different program 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 Program

The Traditional Roots of Empathy program 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 Program

The Roots of Empathy Recovery Program is delivered by our Roots of Empathy Instructors to students and their teachers in their classrooms. This program helps support students’ mental health and well-being while exploring topics related to human rights and social justice through our age specific curriculum.

Our newest curriculum focuses on the development of emotional literacy skills that will help students with emotion regulation, which is essential for learning. We empower children and help them to continue to be resilient in these uncertain times.