The Reggio Emilia Approach originated in the town of Reggio Emilia in Italy out of a movement towards progressive and cooperative early childhood education.
It is unique to Reggio Emilia. It is not a method. There are no international training colleges to train to be a Reggio Emilia teacher. Outside of the town of Reggio Emilia, all schools and preschools are Reggio-inspired, using an adaptation of the approach specific to the needs of their community.
This is important, as each child, teacher, parent, community, and town are different. No two Reggio-inspired communities should look the same, as the needs and interests of the children within each community will be different.
Oberlin Early Childhood Center is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach as we strive to bring the culture of our Oberlin into our program. Every child brings with them deep curiosity and potential and this innate curiosity drives their interest to understand their world and their place within it.
Reggio Emilia, Italy