Locating a Reggio Emilia School
Reggio Emilia schools are private, not public, therefore tuition based. Sadly, it’s extremely hard to locate a Reggio school. According to Private School Review, you won’t find labeled “Reggio” schools but you can find Reggio Emilia inspired schools, plus they state that there are only about 50 Reggio Emilia inspired schools in the United States. Google searches for, “Locate Reggio Emilia schools” yield few useful results. In fact, the only useful looking search system out there, belonging to North American Reggio Emilia Alliance, doesn’t even work. It’s frustrating. However, the Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange offers some useful information about this issue plus advice if you’re looking for a Reggio school, “REAIE encourages parents to look first at local possibilities. You may find that there is a school near to you that does not profess to deliver a Reggio Emilia inspired program but in fact reflects many of the principles advocated by Reggio Emilia educators. You may also find that a centre/school near you provides a high quality education to children and you may be able to encourage the teachers there to begin to explore or make connections to the Reggio Emilia understanding of education. On the down side, there are schools that use ‘Reggio Emilia’ as a brand or marketing tool without actually expressing the philosophy in their teaching and learning.” Good advice! You may also have luck with a more direct Google search, such as, “[your city here] Reggio Emilia Schools.” You also might want to try some parenting forums, such as this mama did.
Lead image by North American Reggio Emilia Alliance