Research on the Roots of Empathy program has demonstrated that the students who participate in this program display lower levels of aggression and higher levels of pro-social behavior (sharing, caring, etc.) than their peers who do not receive the program.
The effects have been shown to be long lasting, with those same students still showing less aggression at least three years after the baby has left the class.
In fact, those students who have gone through the program, have had lower incidents of bullying in their schools.
“Through this program, the students can better label their own emotions by learning the emotions displayed by the baby,” said Cora Boecker, Infant Development Programme supervisor with Langley Child Development Centre.