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Roots of Empathy launched in Nova Scotia in 2003-2004.

Read here about our most recent celebration in November 2023 that brought together Roots of Empathy Instructors, Mentors, KPP, staff, supporters and volunteer Families, thanking them for their profound impact on children in Nova Scotia.


Read this Our Children Magazine article from Halifax. It beautifully describes a Roots of Empathy program and shares stories that show how the program is helping the students, the teachers, and the volunteer family – Baby Tessa and Mom Allison.

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

  • 100% of teachers: Agreed or strongly agreed that the Roots of Empathy program supported students’ mental health and wellbeing.
  • 95% of students: Reported that their Roots of Empathy baby helped them to understand that every baby has the right to be loved.
  • 85% of students: Reported that if they saw a student or friend being bullied or treated meanly, they would help them.  (Latest NS APE  stats updated Jan 2024)

We offer our programs in French and English and in Indigenous communities.

In the report “Respectful and Responsible Relationships: There’s No App for That,” the Nova Scotia Task Force on Bullying and Cyberbullying states, “School personnel also must develop enhanced competencies in mental health literacy, suicide prevention and forms of learning that promote empathy and positive relationships. Programs under the umbrella of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and specific programs like Roots of Empathy would be two examples.”


Roots of Empathy programs in Nova Scotia are supported by the provincial government of Nova Scotia as well as regional agencies and community funders.

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Nova Scotia Children’s Art 

To learn more about our Nova Scotia programming, contact: 

Julie Lundberg