How Roots of Empathy is supporting children in 2020-21

This school year, children 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, either in person or virtually. 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.

2020-21 program models

We’re offering two program models for how Roots of Empathy will be delivered in schools for the 2020-21 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.
Hear Mary Gordon Speak to Instructors about the Roots of Empathy Recovery Program

Roots of Empathy Recovery Program

The Roots of Empathy Recovery Program will begin in the fall of 2020, delivered by our certified Instructors and hosted by teachers in their classrooms, to help support the students’ mental health, well-being and adjustment back into the regular routine of school. 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.

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.