Reggio Emilia Infant-Toddler Centers And Preschools

The origin of the theory of 100 languages

School is seen as a system of interactions and relations

Reggio Emilia’s Infant-Toddler Centers and Preschools are marked by a commitment to research and innovation


Only competent and highly qualified schools will be able to confront the challenges we face as a global society. Thanks to the intelligence and work of Loris Malaguzzi, the municipal infant-toddler centers and preschools of Reggio Emilia bear witness to a way of educating that defends and promotes the rights and potential of children, teachers, and parents and have become an important point of reference for educators and researchers all over the world.


Distinctive Traits Include

  • Collegial and relational-based provocative experiences
  • The importance accredited to environments and spaces
  • Intense co-participation of families
  • Affirmation of competencies in children and adults
  • Educational documentation
  • Listening
  • Progettazione


Since October 2003, early childhood services in the municipality of Reggio Emilia have been run through a specific body called, Istituzione. This managing body has autonomy in educational, pedagogical, and administrative issues, its own budget and its own mayor-nominated staff. Objectives of Istituzione include organizing, managing, and increasing activities necessary for the functioning and qualification of infant-toddler centers and preschools in the municipality of Reggio Emilia. Istituzione is intended not simply as an organ of effective management, but exists to safeguard and renew qualities and values in Reggio Emilia educational services.

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