The Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education was created after World War II in the small Italian city of Reggio Emilia.

It focuses on fostering relationships between children, teachers, parents, and community. And, it builds on the idea that each child has the desire to connect with others, engage in learning, and enter into a relationship with his or her environment. The hands-and-minds-on exploration of materials and media is an essential part of the approach. Lesley University has offered workshops, courses, and an institute, each year, all of which focus on teaching participants Reggio Emilia methods.

Reggio Emilia at Lesley

26th Annual Reggio Emilia Institute

Our 2018 Reggio Emilia Institute event was held held Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6. The theme was "Honoring Agency and Citizenship: Infants and Toddlers as Initiators, Informers, and Contributors in a Reggio Inspired School." The Institute featured speakers from the Cyert Center (Carnegie Mellon University), Bishop Strachan School (Toronto, Canada) and Lesley University.

Learning Opportunities

Discover the learning opportunities inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach to early childhood education. We will post this year’s activities at Lesley University shortly.

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