The Ontario Reggio Association is in ongoing dialogue with educators in Reggio Emilia Italy who created and continue to create an approach to early education that challenges us to engage in critical reflection together about our foundations and beliefs about children, teaching, learning, democracy, rights, and citizenship that form a context for our policies and practices in this time, in this place. This is a project of courage and hope that is founded on a system of relationships and a context of dialogue that will contribute to living respectfully on this land with others.
Our intention is that the organization provide a forum for all sectors involved with young children, from child care, preschool, public and private schools to postsecondary institutions, from teachers to administrators to legislators and policy makers.
Reggio Emilia, a city in northern Italy, is where the Reggio Emilia infant-toddler centres and preschools are located, and from which comes this world-renowned approach to learning. The keystone of the approach is the image of children and teachers as capable, resourceful researchers, interested in inquiring seriously into the world around them.
Are you interested in joining a network that is democratic, and relational? One that embraces a view of the child, educator and family as competent and capable, learning as creative and filled with joy? One that orients toward the future and is respectful of our responsibilities to indigenous peoples and the ecologies that we inhabit? If so, join us.
Professional growth is a right and duty of each individual and the group, and it is given priority in the daily life of the centres through reflective practices of observation and documentation, in-depth study and sharing. The Ontario Reggio Association has curated a collection of resources to help you on your journey.