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Okotoks Today celebrates new funding for local programs, including Roots of Empathy:

Sarah Wood, Roots of Empathy key point co-ordinator, said the goal is to foster a kinder classroom and develop empathy and compassion through the lens of growth and development.

“The kids get attached to the mom and the baby, and the instructor draws all the curriculum back to the growth of the baby and observing who they are, developing empathy for the baby and then extending it to one another,” said Wood.

The baby becomes the star of the program, she said. As students get to know the classroom baby, they become attached to him or her, and protective.

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