Place-Based Education understands the importance of using the world immediately at the children's fingertips as an avenue for learning. Learning no longer occurs only inside of building, but becomes part and parcel of their entire world.

Reggio Emilia (or Reggio) has roots in post-WWII Italy, and it is an approach that places the child at the center of the learning experience. Calling Reggio Emilia an approach means that it informs instead of defining practice. That is, there is no 'right or 'wrong' way to do Reggio, it is flexible. Children are seen as capable beings, full of wonder and a drive to explore, and families, teachers, and the environment (created and natural) are recognized as components of a system that contributes to the optimal flourishing of each and every child.

The Project Approach encourages children to inquire, evaluate their knowledge, and investigate aspects of their worlds and lives that captivate their interests. It also encourages children to think reflectively and truly own their knowledge-making experience.