A Reggio Emilia Inspired School 
Litchfield Park, Az

Little Sunbeams Preschool 

Where every child shines in 100 ways and more!

What is the Reggio Emilia Approach?

Little Sunbeams Preschool is inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy of education that originated in Northern Italy. Little Sunbeams Preschool does not intend to duplicate this philosophy because the children, families and teachers of Litchfield Park, AZ offer a different culture, location and perspective.

The Reggio Emilia philosophy is an approach to teaching, learning and advocacy for children. In its most basic form, it is a way of observing what children know, are curious about and what challenges them. Teachers record these observations to reflect on developmentally appropriate ways to help children expand their academic and social potentials. Long term projects connect core academic areas in and out of the classroom.

Loris Malaguzzi
 February 23, 1920-January 30, 1994


Loris Malaguzzi, founder of the Reggio Emilia Approach, began teaching in schools started by parents just after the end of WWII. Through the years, he transformed that courageous initiative into the internationally acclaimed program for young children that we know today. 

Those who worked with Malaguzzi or heard him speak have vivid memories of an intense learning experience- his philosophical reflections, surprising observations, unexpected turns of though, complexity of ideas, and delightful metaphors. One way to pay tribute to Loris Malaguzzi  is to listen to his words...

"Our goal is to build an amiable school, where children, teachers, and families feel at home. Such a school requires careful thinking and planning concerning procedures, motivations and interests. It must embody ways of getting along together, of intensifying relationships." 
Edwards, Gandini, and Forman ( editors) 
The Hundred Languages of Children (Norwood, NJ Ablex, 1993)