What is a Reggio Emilia preschool?

The main features of Reggio Emilia-inspired preschools and daycare programs

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Along with Montessori and Waldorf, Reggio Emilia is one of the main types of preschools offered in Canada. Reggio preschools offer a combination of academic and play-based learning. The focus is on social interaction, project-based learning, and multi-modal learning. Read more


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Kingsway College School


Etobicoke, Ontario
Royal York Road/Dundas Street West
 
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"Kingsway College School's (KCS) goal is to provide environments where a student’s wellness is supported as they become lifelong learners who are good people. Spend an hour at KCS to see how we do this every day.

  1. School-wide focus on our Three School Rules: Respect, Manners and Try Your Best
  2. Dedicated attention to well-being
  3. Project-based and S.T.E.A.M learning
  4. Rich Arts program including drama, music, visual arts, and Artist-in-Residence

—From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $29,890 to $32,855
 
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Kingsway College School 29890 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Coed

Hudson College


Toronto, Ontario
Dufferin/St. Clair Ave. West
 
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"Hudson encourages students to do one thing above all else: be yourself. Our down-to-earth community celebrates personal strengths, fosters intellectual curiosity, and encourages ambitious personal goals.

  1. Founded in 2003
  2. Reggio Emilia kindergarten
  3. Saxon Math
  4. 4.5-acre campus with turf field

—From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum; Reggio Emilia
  • $19,000 to $21,500
 
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Hudson College 19000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed

Bayview Glen


Toronto, Ontario
Don Mill Rd/York Mills Rd
 
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"Bayview Glen is co-ed, multi-denominational and diverse. Our student, faculty and staff community mirror the diversity of Toronto. Our culture is one of balance and openness, and embraces different perspectives.

  1. 2 years to Grade 12
  2. Enriched academics and individualized curriculum
  3. Advanced Placement programme
  4. Tablet programme

—From the school

  • Gr. PS to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $23,000 to $33,000
  • Day school
  • 1130 students
 
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Bayview Glen 23000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed

"SMLS is a premier independent school for girls Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 since 1891. We give our students the tools to excel in the world—and help shape it.

  1. Signature Programs in Global Citizenship, STEM & Robotics, Active Healthy Living, Arts & Design
  2. Professional Internship Customized for Each Girl (Grade 11)
  3. Focus on whole girl and student wellbeing
  4. Enriched curriculum, Advanced Placement, DELF

—From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Progressive curriculum; Reggio Emilia
  • $25,685 to $33,280
 
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St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School 25685 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls
Victoria, British Columbia
Richmond Rd/McRae Ave
 
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"Independent Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 boarding and day school in Victoria, BC, Canada focusing on outstanding preparation for life. Find out how a SMUS education can benefit your family." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $23,590 to $91,010
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St. Michaels University School 23590 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Langside St./Westminster Ave.
 
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"Parents trust us to personalize the educational experience of each girl, to care for each girl, to challenge her to grow, to build a supportive community around her, and, most importantly, to prepare her for the future." —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 12 (Girls)
  • Progressive curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $18,750 to $69,000
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Balmoral Hall School 18750 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Girls
Toronto, Ontario
Spadina/St Clair Ave W
 
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"The Bishop Strachan School is a leading independent JK-Grade 12 day & boarding school for girls. Students build academic skills to thrive at university and beyond. Over $2 million available in financial assistance." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Girls)
  • Progressive curriculum; Reggio Emilia
  • $39,800 to $78,200
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The Bishop Strachan School 39800 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Girls
Richmond Hill, Ontario
 
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"Richland Academy is a progressive, innovative Reggio-inspired and International Baccalaureate (IB) PYP Authorized and MYP Candidate School for children from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $24,000
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Richland Academy 24000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Leslie/16th Ave
 
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"Morningside/ABA based curriculum and individualized approach targets not only academic success but also emotional, social, vocational and life skills that are the core skills of life-long success of each student." —From the school

  • Gr. K to 8 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum; Reggio Emilia
  • $17,000 to $25,000
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AIM Without Limits 17000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
West Vancouver, British Columbia
 
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"Collingwood’s personalized and inclusive approach fosters academic excellence and well-being as our students explore opportunities across the four strands--academics, athletics, arts and service learning." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $27,100 to $30,750
  • Day school
  • 1256 students
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Collingwood School 27100 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Toronto, Ontario
Bayview/Eglinton
 
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"CGS represents a strong sense of community where we partner with our families and experienced team of educators to promote a balanced academic-and-values based environment; diversity and inclusion are paramount." —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 4 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum; Reggio Emilia
  • $12,500 to $26,400
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CGS (Children's Garden School) 12500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
Richmond, British Columbia
 
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"We emphasize critical thinking, as well as innovation, joy, and curiosity." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum; Reggio Emilia
  • $21,400 to $34,500
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Pythagoras Academy 21400 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
Winnipeg, Manitoba
South Dr/North Dr
 
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"SJR is the world’s leading school in Debating and Public Speaking. It has produced 18 Rhodes scholars and 3 math olympiads. 98% of SJR graduates are accepted to their first choice university program." —From the school

  • Gr. K to 12 (Coed)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum; Reggio Emilia
  • $27,960 to $75,500
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St. John's-Ravenscourt School 27960 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
Etobicoke, Ontario
Lakeshore and/Kipling
 
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"Our approach to learning surpasses traditional education outcomes by interweaving subjects for holistic understanding, fostering essential skills for navigating life challenges in social, emotional and academic contexts." —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 6 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $17,000 to $21,800
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Vincent Massey Academy 17000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
North Vancouver, British Columbia
W 22nd/Phillip
 
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"As a Reggio Inspired School in North Vancouver, Sunflower engages daily in rigorous reflective practice - collaboratively designing curriculum and environment around the emerging interests and curiosities of the children" —From the school

  • Gr. PS (Coed)
  • Reggio Emilia approach
  • $2,400 to $5,500
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Sunflower Early Learning Society 2400 Preschool Day Coed
Etobicoke, Ontario
Bloor/Shaver
 
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"Kingsley's small classes and personal approach help students reach their unique potential. Each child is seen, heard, and respected. French, music, and phys-ed round out a program which includes plenty of time outdoors." —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 5 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum; Reggio Emilia
  • $8,000 to $14,000
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Kingsley Primary School 8000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
Toronto, Ontario
Bayview Ave/Broadway Ave
 
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"A daily goal is for our children to arrive at school excited for the day ahead. Aside from our excellent academic programs, we plan many fun events for the children to enjoy throughout the school year." —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 2 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum; Reggio Emilia
  • $8,500 to $24,000
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Children's Garden Nursery School 8500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
Toronto, Ontario
Bloor St W/Jane St
 
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"SMS champions neurodiverse students with inclusive, enriched education tailored to their strengths. Since 2011, we’ve fostered an environment where ADHD, anxiety, giftedness, and other LDs are understood and celebrated." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum; Reggio Emilia
  • $17,000 to $21,000
  • Day school
  • 36 students
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Summit Micro School 17000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
Etobicoke, Ontario
 
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"Oak Learners inspires meaningful learning every day for students in Kindergarten through Grade Eight. Passionate teachers nurture students' natural curiosity about their world through hands-on experiences and the Arts." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum; Reggio Emilia
  • $14,708 to $22,992
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Oak Learners 14708 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
Newmarket, Ontario
Mulock Drive/Bayview Avenue
 
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"Pickering College's fully-integrated Global Leadership Program (JK to Grade 12) inspires students to become agents of courageous, ethical and positive change with the confidence, knowledge and skills to shape the future." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $36,300 to $78,300
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Pickering College 36300 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed

Below, we outline the main features of these preschools and daycares. Keep in mind, though, that preschool programs can vary in terms of aims, policies, teaching approaches, and more. 

Main features of Reggio Emilia preschools

Preschool questions (read our in-depth answers)

Answers to the question “What is a Reggio Emilia preschool?” from school officials

Reggio Emilia values the child as strong, capable and resilient, rich with wonder and knowledge. It is a project-based program, and the lessons are based on the interests of children.” Marcel Pereira, director of Century Private School, a Montessori school in Richmond Hill, Ontario

“We believe that the best approach for children is the Reggio Emilia-inspired program. Students learn through exploration and discovery in a supportive and enriching environment. The environment should also be organic, tranquil, and aesthetically pleasing.” Vanessa Sjerven, teacher at Elmwood School (the early years program), in Ottawa, Ontario
 

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