Reggio Children – International Center for the Defense and Promotion of the Rights and Potentials of All Children – is a mixed public-private company established in 1994 on the initiative of Loris Malaguzzi and the commitment of a group of local citizens, with the aim to manage the educational and cultural exchange initiatives that had been taking place for many years between the municipal early childhood institutions of Reggio Emilia and a large number of educators and researchers from around the world.
The company aims and purposes are inspired by the contents and values of the educational experience of the Municipal Infant-toddler Centers and Preschools of Reggio Emilia, and its mission is to carry out experimental research, to promote and disseminate high quality education worldwide.
International recognition of this experience and collaborative initiatives with many countries have led to the creation of an important international network, currently comprising thirty-two countries.
The system includes the newly established Reggio Children – Loris Malaguzzi Center International Foundation, which focuses on research, study, and development aimed at high quality education for all, along with Reggio Children srl and the Infant-toddler Centers and Preschools – Istituzione of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia.
Reggio Children’s headquarters are located in the Loris Malaguzzi International Center. Inaugurated in 2006 and completed in 2011, the Center is supported by the Municipality of Reggio Emilia, Infant-toddler Centers and Preschools, Reggio Children, and the Friends of Reggio Children Association, which now all converge in the newly established Foundation.