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The San Diego Reggio Roundtable is a group of educators and parents who are interested in and inspired by the ideas and concepts found at the early childhood programs in Reggio Emilia Italy. The inspiration found in these preschools encourages us to continue to work to provide a place for teachers and parents to dialogue about the importance of childhood and possibilities for education.
The Reggio Emilia Approach is an educational philosophy focused on preschool and primary education. It was started by the parents of the villages around Reggio Emilia in Italy after World War II. The destruction from the war, parents believed, necessitated a new, quick approach to teaching their children. They felt that it is in the early years of development that children are forming who they are as an individual. This led to the creation of a program 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.