BC was one of the first provinces to embrace Roots of Empathy programs for elementary school children and BC co-piloted the Seeds of Empathy program for children 3-5 years old in childcare centres.
Since 2000, we’ve reached over 173,000 children in 81% of BC’s school districts, across all five health regions.
Read about Roots of Empathy’s history and impact in BC.
Roots of Empathy supports the Core Competencies outlined in the redesign of the BC curriculum and the BC Ministry of Education endorses Roots of Empathy.
Roots of Empathy works in partnership with school districts across British Columbia to achieve optimal social and emotional well-being and positive mental health.
BC was one of the first regions to do research on Roots of Empathy.
Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl of the University of British Columbia and Director of the Human Early Learning Partnership measured the efficacy of Roots of Empathy as a social emotional learning (SEL) program and found that teachers considered students in Roots of Empathy classrooms to be less aggressive and that students were more likely to say their peers exhibited prosocial behaviours.
What BC teachers and students say
“97% of teachers feel that the Roots of Empathy program supports the school’s curriculum.”
“Roots of Empathy definitely helps the [children] to make connections between their needs and the needs of others and this helps [build] self-regulation skills. The biggest impact is that the children learn to focus on another person for extended periods of time.”Kindergarten teacherVictoria
“91% of teachers strongly agreed or agreed that as a result of Roots of Empathy, students are more able to understand other people’s points of view.”
“[Seeds of Empathy] helps develop social and emotional competency and early literacy in our young people. Kindergarten teachers have also expressed to us that the children that have "graduated" from our programs and have entered their Kindergarten classes show amazing social emotional maturity.”Blueberry Creek Community School Hub administratorCastlegar
“92% of students reported that if they saw a friend being bullied or treated meanly, they would help them.”
“My happiest thing in Roots of Empathy was: "learning to be kind to others.”Kindergarten StudentCampbell River