Reggio Emilia is a city in northern Italy, in the Emilia-Romagna region.
The Reggio Emilia approach was developed after World War II by parents in the villages around Reggio Emilia in collaboration with Loris Malaguzzi who was a teacher himself. People decided to build and run a school for young children because children are endowed with "a hundred languages". Their goal was to unite and develop all these languages; innovation, construction, fantasy, art, music, dance, building, writing, talking, singing, science, body and soul...The hundred languages are used to help children build knowledge understand the world around them.
Reggio is based on the principles of respect, responsibility, and community through exploration and discovery in a supportive and enriching environment based on the interests of the children through a self-guided Curriculum.