Boston Area Reggio Inspired Network

Supporting the professional growth and development of educators interested in expanding their knowledge of the Reggio Emilia Approach to early childhood education.

  • Provides an annual series of evening workshops for educators
  • Works to promote collaborations between institutions and schools exploring the ways in which the Reggio Emilia approach can inspire current teaching practice
  • Supports local professional development initiatives which seek to explore the principles inherent in the Reggio Emilia philosophy
  • Host of the 2018 Wonder of Learning Exhibit

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Courageous Conversations with Children

April 27 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Exploring big topics about identity and equity with our children may seem foreign to us, but the reality is we do it every day. Learning to lean in and help our children become the most authentic humans they can be starts with us as parents and educators. Together we will explore how understanding ourselves can help our children understand who they are. This event is free and open to all. SIGN UP:

Messing About Gathering

April 27 @ 1:00 pm

Hawkins Centers of Learning New England Exploring Familiar Surroundings Under the Microscope: At this Messing About gathering at the Museum of Science, we invite you to explore the mana in nature near and far. We will visit the exhibit Nature’s Superheros: Life at the Limits for inspiration and then go out to collect samples from around the museum and by the Charles River to explore under microscopes. We also hope to draw inspirations from the Beautiful Brainby Santiago Ramon y Cajal, and play with ink, watercolor, and colored pencil…

Website Launch Party

May 11 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join members of the Boston Area Reggio-Inspired Network after NAREA New England's Brick by Brick Event on May 11 as we celebrate the launch of our new website. The website will feature a calendar of events to help communicate Reggio-Inspired happenings in our region. Additionally, BARIN will offer services to support the collaboration and creation of Reggio-Inspired professional development. This event is free and open to all. We hope you will join us!

Dialogue with Places: Educator Open House Day

May 18 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Dialogue with Places: Educator Open House day at Reggio-Inspired Schools. Get a one day pass to visit multiple Reggio-inspired schools in the area. Participants will have the opportunity to visit schools, walk through classrooms, and learn from each school's educators. Participating schools to be announced soon!

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What is the Reggio Emilia Approach?


Who is Loris

The Reggio Emilia approach, founded by Loris Malaguzzi, is 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.

The Reggio Emilia philosophy and approach to early childhood education has developed and and continues to evolve within a system of municipal infant-toddler centers and preschools in Reggio Emilia, Italy.

The late Loris Malaguzzi, leader, philosopher and innovator in education, guided and directed the energies of parents and teachers who began the schools in the 1940’s.

The Reggio Emilia Approach is built upon a solid foundation of connected philosophical principles and extensive experience.

Educators in the Reggio schools believe that children have the right and the ability to express their thinking, theories, ideas, learning and emotions in many ways. 

Therefore, Reggio educators provide children with a diversity of experiences, so that children encounter many avenues for thinking, revising, constructing, negotiating, developing and symbolically expressing their thoughts and feelings.

"Observe and listen to children because when they ask “why?” they are not simply asking for the answer from you. They are requesting the courage to find a collection of possible answers."

-Carla Rinaldi


"Establishing collaborative relationships between teachers from different schools is essential to our work."

-Loris Malaguzzi

"Our task, regarding creativity, is to help children climb their own mountains, as high as possible. No one can do more."

-Loris Malaguzzi