Thank you for your interest in Inspired Practices in Early Education.

Inspired Practices exists to promote the exchange of ideas and points of view regarding education for young children, envisioning a state, a region, and a world where all children experience exceptional childhoods. We accept our part of a collective responsibility to create excellence and resist mediocrity in every endeavor—especially as it concerns advancing the rights of young children in early childhood schools and centers.

Education is a venture of the people, by the people, for the people. Thus, we aspire to highlight today’s children, families, and educators. We assert it is our democratic right to continually build our own ideals about education and life and to use these ideals to collectively construct our daily experiences. In our efforts to develop and advance, we are inspired by the philosophies and experiences of the infant-toddler centers and preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy, recognized by Newsweek magazine as the most avant-garde early care and education program in the world (December, 1991).

For nearly five decades, the infant-toddler centers and preschools of Reggio Emilia have been characterized by progressive thinking and a firmly rooted commitment to continually invest in early childhood education and research. As the United States, particularly the southeastern region of the United States, struggles to offer quality care and education for its youngest citizens, the municipal education project of Reggio Emilia offers insight and inspiration.