Tender Roots is inspired by the philosophies of the Reggio Emilia Approach (REA). The REA was named for the town in Italy where this educational approach was developed after World War II by Loris Malaguzzi.  These schools are based on the understanding that, even at a very young age, children are curious learners who want to find out about the world and are able to express themselves about the world through speech, painting, clay modeling or drawing.

For the definitive book about The Reggio Emilia Approach, please click on the following link: The Hundred Languages of Children: The Reggio Emilia Experience in Transformation