Infant-Toddler Centres and Preschool of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia

Within the local territory of Reggio Emilia there are more than 80 educational centers for children from birth to six years old.


The experience of the municipal schools of Reggio Emilia has a long history, rich in significant moments and encounters.


Despite many difficulties, the Municipality of Reggio Emilia established its network of educational services in 1963 with the opening of the first preschools (for children aged 3 to 6).


The most substantial development of the municipal preschools took place in the late 1960s, followed in 1971 by the opening of the first municipal infant-toddler centers.

Guaranteeing high quality services became a priority commitment for all those (teachers, parents, the community at large, administrators) who worked to ensure that this was recognized as a fundamental right of children and families.


In 2003 the Municipality of Reggio Emilia designated a tool for managing the early childhood services called the ‘Istituzione’, which has curricular, pedagogical, and administrative autonomy, its own budget, and its own board of directors and administrators designated by the mayor.


The Istituzione is responsible for the planning, management, and development of all the activities required for the operation and qualification of the Municipal Infant-toddler Centers and Preschools of Reggio Emilia. The Istituzione is viewed not only as an effective management tool but, above all, its primary aim is to safeguard and innovate the quality and values of the local educational services.


Reggio Children organizes study visits on education and the Reggio Emilia Approach, an opportunity for in-depth study of the concepts, contents, and values that are part of the educational project of the experience of the Municipal Infant-toddler Centers and Preschools of Reggio Emilia.


For further information on the Istituzione of the Municipal Infant-toddler Centers and Preschools, please visit


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