About Reggio Emilia

The Reggio Approach derives its name from its place of origin, Reggio Emilia, a city located in Emilia Romagna in Northern Italy. Shortly after the Second World War, the parents of this region collaborated with Loris Malaguzzi, a lifelong educator, innovator and creative philosopher to found a unique public system of childcare education.

Loris Mallaguzzi and the parents of Reggio Emilia Italy where devastated by the destruction that took place during World War II and believed that the approach to education had to fundamentally change. "This led to creation of a program based on the principles of respect, responsibility, and community through exploration and discovery in a supportive and enriching environment based on the interests of the children through a self-guided curriculum."

The Reggio Approach is increasingly recognized as a resource of inspiration to educators throughout the world. It is a complex system that respects and puts into practice the fundamental aspects of the work of Dewey, Piaget, and Vygotsky and many others. Under our guiding principles you will see how the Reggio philosophy has come to influence our work.

"The wider the range of possibilities we offer children, the more intense will be their motivations and the richer their experiences. We must widen the range of topics and goals, the types of situations we offer and their degree of structure, the kinds and combinations of resources and materials, and the possible interactions with things, peers, and adults."

-Loris Malaguzzi

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