Introduction

“Our task, regarding creativity, is to help children climb their own mountains, as high as possible. No one can do more.”

Loris Malaguzzi

It is our intent with this section for you to gain a more in-depth understanding of how the Reggio Emilia Approach began, how it is viewed from the Italian perspective and finally thoughts from the founder, Loris Malaguzzi, in "Your Image of the Child: Where Teaching Begins" and "The Hundred Languages of Children."

It is important for you to understand that Reggio is an educational approach that is meant to be adapted to one’s own culture and unique community. What you read about in the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy cannot be fully replicated in the United States. We can, however, take the fundamental values and educational principles and integrate them into our own communities.

We have also included a resource section that offers a variety of sources of information that you may find helpful in your own research of Reggio.