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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002


  • Thursday, Friday 10 am - 4 pm
  • Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm

Closed Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday

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Reggio Emilia-Inspired Programs

The Carle’s educational approach has been greatly influenced by the innovative work done at the early learning centers of Reggio Emilia and Pistoia, Italy. To learn more about The Carle’s approach and the influences of Reggio, see Our Approach.

Our educators regularly offer Reggio-inspired lectures, conferences, and tours, working in partnership with Lella Gandini, the United States Liaison for the Dissemination of the Reggio Emilia Approach, and with Susan Etheredge, Director of Smith College’s Department of Education and Child Study.

The Innovations in Education Study Tour, which launched in 2010, has quickly become known for its intimate view of Pistoia, Italy, and the variety of learning opportunities it offers. Participants tour schools and learn about their history, talk with school staff and teachers about practical and philosophic aspects of teaching and learning, see a wide variety of documentation, and share their observations, beliefs and practice with other participants. Participants can also experience the geography, history and culture of Pistoia, where the residents’ passion for aesthetics and their deeply held beliefs about the potential and rights of all children and families are foundational.

The tour is organized by The Carle, the Assessorato all’Educazione del Commune di Pistoia, and Crescere, Associazione Culturale, in cooperation with Smith College. It runs every spring of odd-numbered years. Contact for more information on the next scheduled tour.

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