Encounters with Reggio Emilia: Relationships, Equality, and Citizenship in Our Early Learning Setting

  • Valerie Trew
  • Kimberly Squires
Keywords: Reggio Emilia; early childhood; relationships; language use; citizenship


In this paper, we discuss what it has meant for us to be inspired by Reggio Emilia’s pedagogical approach within our licensed child care and laboratory school context in Ontario, Canada. We focus on three aspects of the Reggio Emilia approach—relationships, equality, and citizenship—which we believe are interpretable across many different contexts. We speak about the importance of these aspects and offer narratives of how we have been inspired to reconceptualize our own relationships, use of language, and concept of citizenship to construct new aspirations in the early learning field.