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The Reggio Emilia Approach

The core philosophy of the Reggio Emilia approach requires children to be seen as competent and inventive, and possessing a desire to interact and communicate with others. 

The Reggio Emilia vision of the child as a competent learner has produced a strong child-directed curriculum model. The curriculum has purposeful progression, but not scope or sequence. Teachers follow the children's interests and do not provide focused instruction in reading and writing. Our belief is that children learn through interaction with others, including parents, staff, and peers, in a friendly and inclusive learning environment.

“The Reggio Emilia approach views each child as infinitely capable, creative, and intelligent. The job of the educator is to support these qualities and to challenge children in appropriate ways so that they fully develop their potential.”

Click each image to learn more about the principles of the Reggio Emilia approach

Image of blocks being stacked be a small child

The Image of the Child

Children playing together in a group in fall or winter clothing

Relationships and Interaction

Child playing in a mock kitchen classroom

The Environment

A parent reading a picture book to a child

The Role of Teachers


The Power of Documentation

Scribbled kids drawing with crayons



Parents As Partners


The Many Languages of Children


Reflective Practices

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