Parents in Hamilton with newborns can join schools’ Roots of Empathy program
Published July 12, 2022 at 2:30 pm
Families in Hamilton that are bringing a new baby into the world have a chance to be part of an educational program for Hamilton schoolchildren.
The public school board in Hamilton related Tuesday that it is searching for families to participate in its Roots of Empathy program, where parents with a newborn visit classrooms in the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (COVID-19 protections permitting). To participate, a family must have a baby who will be between two and four months old in October.
“The program’s aim is to increase empathy — the ability to understand how another person feels. Children learn to care for and respect each other, and there is less bullying and aggression,” HWDSB says.
In the program, the parent(s) and baby visit a classroom nine times over the school year with a Roots of Empathy instructor.
“You will help the children learn all about your baby and in turn they will learn about themselves, their feelings, their temperament traits and their relationships with family and others,” the board adds.
Further information about how to apply to the long-running program is available at HWDSB.on.ca.
The school board says it is hopeful that the program will be in person, but it might be switched to video link if COVID-19 protections are increased in the fall.insauga's Editorial Standards and Policies advertising