Infant-toddler Centres and Preschools

“Education is a right of all, of all children, and as such is a responsibility of the community. Education is an opportunity for the growth and emancipation of the individual and the collective; it is a resource for gaining knowledge and for learning to live together; it is a meeting place where freedom, democracy, and solidarity are practiced and where the value of peace is promoted. Within the plurality of cultural, ideological, political, and religious conceptions, education lives by listening, dialogue and participation; it is based on mutual respect, valuing the diversity of identititIes, competencies, and knowledge held by each individual and is therefore qualified as secular and open to exchange and cooperation.”

From “Indications, Preschools and Infant-Toddler Centres of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia”, 1.1 Education is a right, (2009)


In the Reggio Emilia municipality resident children aged 0-5 make up 4.9% of the population (total population of 172,000)


In Reggio Emilia 6,136 children (73% of resident children) attend an infant-toddler centre or preschool. 


School attendance at infant-toddler age (0-3) 


Attendance at preschool age (3-6 years) 

An extensive network of more than 80 educational services for early childhood in an integrated public system. Including:


directly managed by the municipality


managed by cooperatives with municipal agreements


managed by FISM (Catholic Preschool Federation)


state managed



managed by private bodies