Reggio Emilia Approach

The Reggio Emilia Approach is an innovative and inspiring approach to early childhood education which values the child as strong, capable and resilient; rich with wonder and knowledge. 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.

The Reggio Emilia Approach originated in the town (and surrounding areas) of Reggio Emilia in Italy out of a movement towards progressive and cooperative early childhood education.

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, preschools and home schools are Reggio-inspired, using an adaptation of the approach specific to the needs of their community.

Normally the Reggio Approach is applied to preschools and early childhood settings, but with an understanding of the general principles, this inspiring child-led approach can be adapted to the home as well.

Schools in Indiana Using This Approach

St. Mary's Child Center Located in Indianapolis is well known for using the Reggio Emilia approach. St. Mary’s has studied this philosophy and approach to early childhood curriculum since 2001. Staff members have studied in Reggio Emilia, Chicago, Boulder, St. Louis and Tulsa.

IPS/Butler University Laboratory School located at the building formerly known as William A. Bell School 60. They are a project based school and build the curriculum with children’s interests. Students often engage in long-term projects that intertwine into all aspects of the day. This school uses the workshop method for teaching reading, writing, and math, which means that once the students are taught a lesson in that subject area, they are then released to work throughout the room.