Preschools and Infant-toddler Centres of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia

Reggio Emilia Municipal Infant-toddler Centres and Preschools have always been defined by the modernity of their theoretical thinking and their deep-rooted commitment to research and experimentation.

These services for early childhood transform into everyday reality an educational project for  children from 0 - 6 years based on the image of a child equipped with enormous potential who is the subject of rights. For this reason privileged attention is given to the children, observation and documentation of learning processes, and exchanging ideas and discussion.

Other distinctive traits include collegial and relation-based organisation of work, the importance accredited to environments and spaces, atelier spaces and atelierista educators for valuing children's creativity,  intense co-participation in school management by families, relationships with culture in the city and the most lively research experiences in Italy and abroad.

Since October 2003 early childhood services in the Municipality of Reggio Emilia have been run through a specific body called the Istituzione. This body has autonomy on educational, pedagogical and administrative issues, its own budget and its own Mayor-nominated staff. Objectives of the Istituzione include organising, managing and increasing activities necessary for the functioning and qualification of Infant-toddler Centres and Preschools in the Municipality of Reggio Emilia . The 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.


The following references are useful when exploring the historical context of the educational project:

Brick by Brick (book), Along the Levee Road (book), Not Just Any Place (DVD).

The following references are useful for exploring the pedagocial aspects of the educational project:

Indications, PRESCHOOLS AND INFANT-TODDLER CENTRES of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia (booklet), Making Learning Visible (book), The Hundred Languages of Children 2nd Ed. (book).

These resources and others are available at the REAIE office. Click here for a complete list of Reggio Children publications available through REAIE.

For more information about the Instituzione visit the website.