The Roots of Empathy program is having great success in the Red River Valley School Division.

The program teaches students social skills to students as young as Kindergarten.

Susan Burns teaches the program at Starbuck School.

She says the program nurtures self awareness, parenting, understanding of other peoples emotions and is even consider an anti-bullying program.

Burns adds the program is taught by having a mother and her baby come into the classroom once a month for the whole school year and showing kids how to cater to the needs of infants and show them understanding of it's needs.

The province of Manitoba has invested 40 thousand dollars to expand the program.