Roots Premier Babies

Bullying is a major problem in our schools and social networks of children today.

Roots of Empathy is a program that takes a preventative approach in helping children to understand the feelings of others. This in turn helps them to develop tolerance and acceptance of difference, thus reducing bullying and aggression. The key to the success of this program is a young infant who comes into their classroom once a month during the school year. The children bond to the baby and experience empathy.

Developed by Mary Gordon, an educator from Toronto, Roots of Empathy has been called Canada’s Olive Branch to the World.

It has grown across Canada since 1996 and is now in several other countries. Trained Roots of Empathy instructors go into the classes 27 times with 9 of those visits including the baby. The program is researched carefully at UBC and is showing an 88% reduction of aggression amongst participants as well as an increase in pro-social behaviours.

Kids Can Fly brought Roots of Empathy to Brant in 2003 with 7 classes and today the number has grown to 55. Over 9000 local children have participated in classes within both school boards, in the Francophone system and on Six Nations. Kids Can Fly raises the money to train instructors and coordinates all the arrangements with the classroom teachers, volunteer families and the Roots of Empathy National office.

 “When empathy goes up, aggression goes down. The baby is the teacher in Roots of Empathy.”

Babies Wanted Each School Year!

Kids Can Fly start to search for families to volunteer with their young infants in our Roots of Empathy program in the summer months for the upcoming school year. The key to the success of the program is a young infant who will visit the classroom 9 times over the school year. The program is offered within both school boards and runs from October until June. Babies should ideally be born between June and August.

Get Involved in Brantford/Brant

For more information on how to become a Roots of Empathy family or an instructor in our community, email