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Roots of Empathy

250 Ferrand Drive, Suite 800
Toronto, ON
Contact Information
Lucy Di Carlo
Provincial Contact

Program Specifications



Age/Grade Level:

Early Childhood, Preschool





Target Settings:

Rural, Suburban, Inner City

Target Groups:

School Wide

Other Participation Criteria:



Roots of Empathy is an evidence-based classroom program that has shown dramatic effect in reducing levels of aggression among schoolchildren by raising social/emotional competence and increasing empathy. The program reaches elementary schoolchildren from Kindergarten to Grade 8. In Canada, the program is delivered in English and French and reaches rural, urban, and remote communities including Aboriginal communities. Roots of Empathy is also delivered in New Zealand, the United States and the Isle of Man.

Program Descriptors Include:

Behavior Management/Discipline, Bullying/Violence, Early Childhood Education, Life Skills Training

Program Rating:

Strong Evidence

Starting Year:


Students Served Per Year:


Last Verified:

June 9th, 2010

Strategies for Locating Students:


Reenrolled Students with Disabilities:


Risk Factors

Program addresses the following:

Individual Factors

  • High-risk social behavior
  • Early aggression

Protective Factors

Program promotes the following:


  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Clear social norms

Program Resources

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is or per student.

Funding Sources Include:

State, Local/City/County, District

Program Staff Includes:

Teachers, Counselors

Materials Used:

Instructional Texts/Manuals

Supporting/Partner Organizations:

Evaluation Information

Description of Program Impact:
Trends in ROE classrooms: increased helping behavior in up to 78% of students; increased peer acceptance in up to 74% of students; increased perspective-taking in up to 71% of students; increased sharing in up to 69% of students; increased pro-social behavior in up to 65% of students; decreased social aggression in up to 39% of students.

How Evaluation Data Was Collected:
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level

Additional Evaluation Information:
Relevant URL: