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 offers 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 will be held Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6. This year's theme is "Honoring Agency and Citizenship: Infants and Toddlers as Initiators, Informers, and Contributors in a Reggio Inspired School". There will be speakers from the Cyert Center (Carnegie Mellon University), Bishop Strachan School (Toronto, Canada) and Lesley University. Visit the Institute Events page for more details and registration form.

Learning Opportunities

Discover the learning opportunities inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach to early childhood education. At Lesley University, we offer courses, workshops, an institute, and travel study options dedicated to teaching educators Reggio Emilia methods.

One-Day Workshops

Explore the Reggio Emilia approach through one of our three upcoming workshops in Boston, Massachusetts.

Download our Workshop Registration Form (pdf)

Course Offering

Learn more about the history and basic philosophy of the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education. Considered will be the organization of the environment, the teacher’s role and the relationships between the schools and the community with a special focus on infants and toddlers. The course can be taken through our 1-3 credit course, offered both online and on-campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Childhood Education (EEDUC 5815.01)

  • Cost per Credit: $625
  • Registration Fee: $40
  • Technology Fee: $30
  • Term Dates
    • Term 1: Jan 22 – Feb 26, 2018 (online)
    • Term 2: March 19 – April 29, 2018 (online)
    • Term 3: May 5-6, 2018 (In Cambridge, MA)
  • Credit Information

    This course may be taken for 1, 2, or 3 credits.

    • Participants enrolling in the course for one credit are required to attend the Institute on May 5-6, 2018 in Cambridge, Massachusetts and submit a paper based on this experience.
    • Those enrolling for two credits attend the Institute and enroll in the online course for either the period from Jan
    • Those enrolling for three credits participate in the online components of the course from Jan through April, and attend the Institute on May 5-6, 2018 . The cost of attending the Institute is included in the course fee.
  • Registration

    Return our Course Registration Form to Event Manager, Carol Campos at Lesley University, 29 Everett Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.

  • Study Tour

    This year the study tour to Reggio Emilia will take place March 24 through March 29, 2018.  It is a study tour just for professors and students. If you are a faculty member at a college or university and have students who may be interested in participating, please contact Dr. Joanne Szamreta as soon as possible

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