Reggio Emilia

Preschools and Infant-toddler Centers—Istituzione
of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia

The Origin of the Theory of The 100 Languages

Reggio Emilia’s infant-toddler centers and preschools are marked by a commitment to research and innovation within a strong, societal value of democracy. School is seen as a system of interactions and relations. 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. An administrative managing body, Istituzione, exists to safeguard and renew qualities and values in Reggio Emilia’s early childhood educational services.

Loris Malaguzzi International Center

The Loris Malaguzzi International Center is a dedicated meeting place that hosts professional development and research for those who wish to be innovators in both education and culture. It is a place open to all ages, all ideas, all cultures, imagination, and hope.

It is a place that lends listening, visibility, and support to the rights and requests of children, young people, families, and educators. It is a place of the possible—where the highest value in changing education and culture is pursued.


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Reggio Children

Promoting and Defending Children’s Rights

Reggio Children is a public-private company whose commercial activities share the values of the Reggio Emilia Approach® around the world. The company was founded in 1994 following the death of Loris Malaguzzi to realize a vision he held for improving the organization and relationships within the global community. Principally, Reggio Children organizes pedagogical and cultural exchanges between the infant-toddler centers and preschools of Reggio Emilia and teachers, artists, academics, researchers, and policy makers. Since our founding, NAREA has purchased more than $1,500,000 in services and resources from Reggio Children to advance professional learning in North America


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Fondazione Reggio Children

Improving the Life of Communities

Established in 2011 as a non-profit, Fondazione aims to bring quality education experiences into contexts of educational poverty and educational emergency due to health, climate, and political factors, as well as economic, social, and cultural marginalization. Promoting all children’s rights, starting from the right to quality education, the foundation works to improve life in communities. NAREA, Reggio Emilia Institutet in Sweden, and Red Solare Argentina are founding partners. NAREA has donated more than $350,000 to the foundation and its work, giving possibility to significant projects in Italy, the greater European Union, Kosovo, Mozambique, Palestine, the United States, and others.


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Comune Di Reggio Emilia

25 Aprile 2020



Reggio Children International Network

Supporting International dialogue and advancement

NAREA is among the founding networks of the Reggio Children International Network, an official consortium of 34 countries whose ongoing working relationship with Reggio Children constitutes a growing body of global work.

The first invitational meeting of the Reggio Children International Network was held in Reggio Emilia at the Loris Malaguzzi International Center on July 6—7, 2006. Representatives from 11 countries came together with the aim of sharing values of collaboration and dialogue with the experience of the infant-toddler centers and preschools of Reggio Emilia and exploring their meanings more deeply.

Since the first meeting in 2006, representatives to the Reggio Children International Network continue to meet annually in Reggio Emilia for ongoing discussion and shared professional development. Each network is entitled to the participation of two representatives. Presently, NAREA board members Karyn Callaghan from Canada and Margie Cooper from the US serve as NAREA co-representatives to the Reggio Children International Network.


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