Roots of Empathy launched in Newfoundland and Labrador in 2001 and has reached over 24,000 children since then
Every year, we’ve had almost 100 Newfoundland and Labrador babies “teaching” in classrooms.
Our programs are offered in both French and English and in Indigenous communities.
Roots of Empathy programs are supported by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador as well as regional agencies and community funders.
What Newfoundland & Labrador teachers and students say
“Roots of Empathy can teach that everybody needs love and caring so you should be friends with everyone and speak up for someone if you see them getting hurt.”Grade 5 StudentGlovertown
“This program has been going ahead in my community for 18 years. I truly believe it has had a positive impact on our school and community. The Roots of Empathy classroom is a safe place where students talk about feelings as part of the curriculum.”Grade 8 TeacherSt. James Regional High, Channel Port aux Basques
“Roots of [Empathy] can teach the world do not bully.”Grade 1 StudentWings Point
“Roots of Empathy can teach the world kindness and respect to its elders and newborns, it can also show the world to respect each other and that we shouldn’t fight.”Grade 5 StudentIndian River Academy, Springdale
“I believe experiences like Roots of Empathy is what schools should be providing for their students. Hands on, experiential learning is one of the best way for students to immerse themselves into their own education and connect to learning.”Grade 8 TeacherFrank Roberts Junior High, Conception Bay South
“There were a few students with special needs who became more connected and involved over the year. One boy, at the last family visit, rose to speak to the parents. He told them that he has depression and that having the baby in class had helped him a great deal.”Grade 4 InstructorCowan Heights Elementary, St. John’s