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Reggio Emilia Approach

The Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education (often referred to as Reggio-inspired practice) is based on the philosophies and practices of the infant-toddler centers of Reggio Emilia, Italy. Approximately 33 schools, serving infants to children 6 years old, comprise the municipal early childhood program in Reggio Emilia. The integration of theory and knowledge from disciplines such as science, art, literature, and architecture are central to the continuous reflective practice of the Reggio educators.

In 1991, Newsweek magazine named these schools the most outstanding early childhood centers in the world. Since that time, the schools have received international attention for their understandings of the pedagogy, psychology, and sociology of early childhood education. The first international exhibit created by the Reggio educators, the Hundred Languages of Children, ...

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