Membership and Networking Questions

Q: How can I join NAREA?

There are several ways to join NAREA. You can visit the Become a Member page and join NAREA online or the Membership Renewal page to renew your membership online. You can also contact Thresa Grove, NAREA administrative and membership coordinator, 770-552-0179, for a membership form, which you can complete and mail (or fax to 770-552-0767) along with a check or credit card information to:

c/o Inspired Practices in Early Education, Inc.
1131 Canton Street
Roswell, GA 30075

Q: I would like to network with Reggio-inspired educators in my state. Can you help me?

One of NAREA’s goals is to strengthen professional development and communication among Reggio-inspired educators in North America. You can search for schools or organizations in North America on the Schools and Organizations page in the public section of the NAREA website.

Q: I would like to visit a “Reggio school” in my area. Can you refer me to one?

Many educators around the world who share the fundamental values of education and childhood as those in Reggio Emilia have studied the Reggio educational project and, as a result, their educational philosophy and their work with children, teachers, and parents have been influenced. In some cases, the school as a whole has made a commitment to pursue this journey of reflection and evolution. Yet the only “Reggio schools” are located in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Educators in other parts of the world may instead refer to themselves or their schools as “Reggio-inspired.” The Reggio educators seek to support early educators around the world in understanding and strengthening the identity of their own school and community, rather than attempting to replicate the experiences of children, teachers, and parents in another culture and community.

If you are interested in visiting a Reggio-inspired school in North America, visit the Schools and Organizations page of the NAREA website to search for schools self-nominated as Reggio-inspired.

Q: Where can I purchase books and articles about the Reggio Emilia approach?

Visit the Resources section of the NAREA website for information on NAREA, Reggio Children, and other Reggio-related resources. Innovations Articles are available for purchase. Resources published by Reggio Children and other Reggio-related resources are available in North America from NAREA.

Q: I understand there is a periodical called Innovations in Early Education, which focuses on the Reggio Emilia approach. How do I subscribe?

Innovations in Early Education: The International Reggio Emilia Exchange is a quarterly periodical developed in collaboration with Loris Malaguzzi, the founder of the Reggio Emilia educational project, and published in North America for over 20 years through an agreement with Reggio Children and the Istituzione, Preschools and Infant-toddler Centers of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia. This periodical features articles by educators in Reggio Emilia and those in North America and beyond, who have been inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach. A subscription to Innovations is a NAREA membership benefit. To join NAREA, visit the Become a Member page and join NAREA online. Select articles from Innovations back issues are available for purchase on the Innovations Articles page of the NAREA website. If you are a NAREA member, you also have pdf access to Innovations for the current year.

Q: I am a member of NAREA, but I haven’t yet received my Innovations periodical. When should I expect it?

Innovations is published four times annually in the spring, summer, fall, and winter. As this periodical is sent out via bulk mail, there can be significant differences in shipment times to different regions of North America and around the world. Contact Thresa Grove, if you have not received your quarterly issue.

Q: Are there universities where the teacher education curriculum has been influenced by the Reggio Emilia approach?

There are teacher educators on the current and former NAREA board and the current and former Innovations editorial board who you can contact regarding their experiences in the evolution of their universities’ teacher education programs in relation to the Reggio Emilia approach:

Brenda Fyfe, Webster University, St. Louis, MO
Jeanne Goldhaber, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
Andrew Stremmel, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD

Q: Where can I post a job opening for a position at our Reggio-inspired school?

Visit the Jobs section of the NAREA website where job postings can be submitted on the Post a Job page and job postings can be viewed on the Find a Job page. NAREA members pay a discounted rate to submit a job posting for 60 days.

Q: I would like to invite someone to visit our school and/or present about their experiences with the Reggio Emilia approach in an upcoming conference in our area. Can you please advise?

Requests for speakers and consultants are considered by the NAREA board and staff, in order to research the availability of possible speakers and consultants within our membership. Please send detailed requests to Thresa Grove, NAREA administrative and membership coordinator.

Q: I am looking for a Reggio school for my child. Can you help me?

The only “Reggio schools” are the municipal infant-toddler centers and preschools in Reggio Emilia, Italy. The NAREA website includes a Schools and Organizations page, where you can search for schools self-nominated as Reggio-inspired. In addition, you can contact the state resource and referral program listed for your area, which collects information about schools and programs for young children.

Q: I am writing an article about the Reggio approach. Does NAREA have statistics on its popularity in the North America?

We are not aware of any resource that collects the data you request. Quantifying popularity is a pretty tough thing to do. Some measure of popularity could probably be gleaned from contacting Reggio Children in Italy to inquire about the rate of study group visitors from North America over the last 30 years.

Our sense about the influence of the Reggio Emilia philosophies and experiences in North America is that it exists on a rather long continuum. There are schools throughout the United States that have been in close, ongoing consultation with educators from Reggio Emilia, and there are schools probably unaware of the influence Reggio has had in their work. Generally speaking, as it relates to practice, Reggio has influenced the ways in which school environments are interpreted, prepared and, sometimes, built; the ways in which educators “follow” the development of children through tangible efforts of documentation; the ways in which children are viewed more as capable and competent and less as needy; the ways in which educators feel and act in partnership with children and families, and the ways in which relationships with children, colleagues, families, and the community are tended to with pleasure.

In short, Reggio’s belief that school is not preparation for life, but that school is life. This belief has begun to shape a different style of education within schools for young children throughout the world. This shift is often slow and gradual, and difficult to observe, as educators become more familiar with the belief systems in Reggio Emilia that support their unique work in education.

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