a collaborative inquiry project

pairing Early Childhood classrooms

with their Communities

The Italian educators in Reggio Emilia, Italy, have taken the lead in extending learning outside the classroom. Preschools and Infant-Toddler Centers in Reggio Emilia often take field trips all over the city to interact with the wider community and to work within business spaces to explore and research ideas. Several project paths blossom from these learning interactions and projects mature into artistic representations of acquired knowledge. In due time the educators, in collaboration with the community partners, organize exhibits of the children’s work. All members of the community are then invited to enjoy the creativity of society’s youngest members. 

The goal of the A Child’s Guide to the City project is to provide such an experience in Nashville and the surrounding areas. 

The Child's Guide to the City project involves several classrooms and preschools within the community. Each classroom chooses a project that the children are interested in investigating and then establishes a relationship with a community partner. This relationship and exchange can take many forms and culminates in a citywide arts exhibition. 

CG2C 4-part Mission:


1) Provide the children in our care the opportunity for real-world, hands-on, meaningful experiences in which they are intrinsically invested.


2) Make visible the learning, capabilities and aesthetic work of young children.


3) Establish connections and relationships between our city’s youngest citizens, their families, and valued members of our community.


4) Provide, through those relationships, a reciprocal opportunity for increased visibility for all entities involved. 


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