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Monday, October 26, 2009

Italy's Early Childhood Education Ideas In North America

My wife earned her Masters at McGill University in Early childhood education. It was through her I learned two important Italian innovations in ECEC (early childhood education and care policy). The first is the world renowned Montessori method and the second is the lesser known Reggio Way (or Reggio Emilia approach).

There are many resources and books that cover this subject.

Bambini: The Italian Approach to Infant/Toddler Care. Early Childhood Education Series is one such book. Is it me or does it suck that worpdress doesn't allow for amazon links?


Abstract about the book:

"This book describes Italian experiences in providing early care and education, focusing on four cities--Milan, Parma, Reggio Emilia, and Pistoia--with outstanding city-run systems designed to serve children under 3 and their families. The book considers specific strategies or practices used, and interprets the significance of the Italian innovations for American early childhood practice. Following an introduction on the historical context of Italian early care and questions addressed by the book..."

Who said Italy is just about pasta and soccer?

Ok, that was lame. I couldn't figure out a way to close this post.


  1. Bravo, it is really nice to read (even if rarely) about what Italy is doing RIGHT instead of where it falls short.

    Go Italy :)

  2. That’s why I started this blog!

    Incidentally, I hope to one day visit the vineyards of the Mediterranean one day. Great blog.

    Thanks for dropping in.