How Roots of Empathy will support children in 2020-21

When school resumes, children are going to need Roots of Empathy more than ever.
We’ll be there as they make the transition back to the classroom.


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. 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 what their schools look like this fall.

2020-21 program models

We’ve developed three different 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.

1. Roots of Empathy Program

In areas that have been least affected by COVID-19 and where schools will be able to welcome a volunteer parent and baby into the school, we will deliver our traditional program.

2. Roots of Empathy Recovery Program

This program begins in the fall of 2020, hosted by teachers in their classrooms. Roots of Empathy Instructors will deliver the program in classrooms or virtually. A tiny teacher and their parent(s) will visit students virtually in the fall and in-person in January, supporting students‘ adjustment back into the regular routine of school.

3. Roots of Empathy Adapted Program

This program is designed for schools that may not be ready to begin programs until January of 2021. This adapted program follows the structure of our traditional Roots of Empathy program.