The Reggio Emilia philosophy and approach to early childhood education has developed and continues to evolve as a result of over 60 years of experience within a system of municipal infant-toddler centers and preschools in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Parents, who started the schools in the 1940s, continue to participate to ensure the schools reflect the values of the community.
The Reggio Emilia approach is built upon a solid foundation of connected philosophical principles and extensive experience. Many early childhood psychologists and philosophers, such as Dewey, Piaget, Vygotsky, Gardner and Bruner, have inspired educators in Reggio Emilia.
The Reggio Emilia approach consists of a deep knowledge in theory and community-constructed values that has been and is continuously being translated into high quality early childhood practices.