An exhibit showcasing an Italian approach to early childhood education is coming to Atlanta.
“The Wonder of Learning— The Hundred Languages of Children” will open at the SunTrust Plaza Garden Offices in downtown Atlanta on June 25 and remain there until Oct. 15.
The exhibit is free and open to the public, who may view it from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
It then will move to Kennesaw State University, opening there on Nov. 1 and staying until the spring.
The exhibit features informational panels, objects, videos and images that highlight and explain the work and educational philosophy of preschools in Reggio Emilia, Italy. The city, located between Milan and Florence, has earned a reputation for its child-centered approach that focuses on giving children an active role in their growth and development.
The traveling exhibit is brought to Atlanta by a handful of preschools in Georgia and South Carolina who have modeled their work after the Italian educational approach. Together, the schools form a collaborative called Project Infinity within the metro Atlanta-based nonprofit organization Inspired Practices in Early Education.
Organizers hope the exhibit will inspire parents and educators.
“There are over 800,000 children under age six in the state of Georgia, and many families struggle to find excellent care and education for their young children. Leaders of early childhood education organizations here in Atlanta have been eagerly preparing for the exhibit because we know it will be a wonderful opportunity to advocate for all young children and to provide deeply important learning opportunities for teachers, parents, and families,” said Margie Cooper, president and CEO of Inspired Practices in Early Education, in a written statement.
For more information about the exhibit, visit the website inspiredpractices.org.
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