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Reggio Emilia Approach

Reggio Emilia is a prosperous region in northern Italy with a population of approximately 150,000. The people of this region have a history of civic engagement and cohesive communities based on reciprocity, trust, and networking. During World War II reconstruction, citizens of the area, under the visionary guidance of Loris Malaguzzi (1920–1994), developed an educational system within its municipal schools for young children ages 3 months to 6 years. This infant-toddler and pre-primary delivery system is grounded in the idea that all children, including very young children, have the right to an education and that the local citizenry can and should take direct responsibility for educating those children.

Reggio Emilia schools are a means to support the community's many needs and to provide a public space ...

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