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Reggio Emilia cityReggio Children is a mixed public-private company that the Municipality of Reggio Emilia, along with other interested subjects, decided to establish in 1994 to manage the pedagogical and cultural exchange initiatives that had already been taking place for many years between the municipal early childhood services and a large number of teachers and researchers from all over the world.This new experience was based on an idea originally proposed by Loris Malaguzzi and carried on by a committee of local citizens and educators. Reggio Children's aims and purposes are inspired by the philosophy and values of the educational project developed and practiced in the Municipal Infant-toddler Centers and Preschools of Reggio Emilia, in order to protect and communicate the wealth of knowledge developed within this experience.
The aims of Reggio Children include:

to communicate a forceful idea of childhood and of children's rights, potentials, and resources, which are often unrecognized or neglected;

to promote studies, research, and experimentation in education, with particular emphasis on children's active, constructive, and creative learning processes;

to advance the professionalism and culture of teachers, promoting a greater awareness of the value of collegial work and of meaningful relationships with the children and their families.

In promoting what has come to be known as the "Reggio Approach" to early childhood education, Reggio Children oversees an extensive network of national and international cultural exchanges, with specifical activities that include: organizing initiatives for providing information on the pedagogical experience of Reggio Emilia and post-graduated course and Masters in educational science; professional development initiatives, for example for women interested in starting businesses in the educational field ( as we are); on-site consultancy, publishing and sales of informational materials.;

Reggio Children also carries out educational research, including current projects in collaboration with the CNR (Italian National Research Center) , HARVARD University (Prof. Howard Gardner) , the University of New Hampshire and the University of MILAN.


Within the framework of its aims and mission, through a wide-ranging network of partnerships and cultural exchanges, Reggio Children's areas of activity include:
Consulting on pedagogical design and supervision, organization and management of infant-toddler centers and preschools, and on the design of environments and furnishings for young children.

Information and dissemination: management of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia's travelling exhibit The Hundred Languages of Children, which centers on children's creativity and the long-term experience of the Reggio Emilia infant-toddler centers and preschools; in its various versions, the exhibit has been touring in numerous venues in North America, Europe, and Asia, for over twenty years, hosted by government organizations, museums, university, and art centers.


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