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History

  • Our deep and rich history in British Columbia started in 2000. We have reached more than 175,000 students since then in English and French.
  • B.C. was the second province to embrace Roots of Empathy programs for elementary school children and co-piloted the Seeds of Empathy program for children 3-5 years old in childcare centres.
  • Twenty three years of research has shown that our program significantly reduces aggression, including bullying and increases prosocial behaviour: kindness, caring and inclusion.
  • These findings collectively align with the core competencies of the B.C. curriculum to support children’s mental health and wellbeing – leading to the best learning possible for B.C. children.

Spring 2024 Trainings

Interested in becoming a Roots of Empathy Volunteer Instructor? See training dates below:

  • Kamloops Wednesday May 29th to Friday May 31st

Contact Darcy for more details and to sign up:  dmorgan@rootsofempathy.org

Research

B.C. 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.

Consider these compelling statistics that underscore the connection between Roots of Empathy and positive mental health and wellbeing:

  • 87% of students: Reported that their Roots of Empathy baby helped them to understand that they have the right to be loved.
  • 91% of teachers: Agreed or strongly agreed that the Roots of Empathy program supported students’ mental health and wellbeing.
  • 90% of parents: Agreed or strongly agreed that, thanks to Roots of Empathy, they feel more valued as a parent.

(Latest B.C. APE stats updated January 2024)

British Columbia Children’s Art 

For more information on our British Columbia programming, contact: 

 

Darcy Morgan

 dmorgan@rootsofempathy.org

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