About Susan Fraser

The LJG were inspired by Susan Fraser. Sue was a teacher, mentor and long time friend of the VRA. With her passing, the LJG continues to honour her legacy and her memory.


We view the Reggio Emilia educational endeavour as an ever evolving, complex set of philosophical approaches and pedagogical practices that continue to provoke questions and inspiration locally and globally. This grant is intended to support local educators who wish to engage in an in-depth study and exploration of the underlying principles of the Reggio Emilia approach.

These principles include:

  1.  A commitment to expand and elaborate the image of the child
  2. To elevate the view of early childhood settings as places for culture production and democracy and as places for research.

This engagement with research and collaboration propel pedagogical practices such as pedagogical documentation (narration) which makes visible the learning and thinking of children, families, and teachers. Learning is extended and deepened through curriculum that thrives on long-term projects.

2021 Grants

For the Learning Journey Grants project, we invite applicants who are interested in exploring how the pedagogical principles of Reggio Emilia interact with our own West Coast contexts, including our history and our images of children, educators, and families.

Small grants of up to $1,000 each will be available to participants committed to exploring the pedagogical principles of the Reggio Emilia Approach. The focus of this study or project will be determined by the applicants, who must collaborate with at least one other colleague. Applications for the grants will be adjudicated by members of the Vancouver Reggio Association.

Note: The Deadline for Submission is November 5th, 2021. Decisions will be announced on or before November 15th, 2021.

The successful grant applications will engage in their project throughout 2021/2022, and the project will culminate in a Sharing Circle wherein successful applicants will have the opportunity to present their work. As the date gets closer we will determine whether it is safest to present in person or through the use of digital modalities.

Steps to Apply

  • Consider who you might collaborate with. Collaboration is a key principle of the Reggio Emilia Approach! These grants are intended to foster collaboration amongst two or more educators. You may be working together in the same setting or come together from different contexts.
  • Design a project that will foster and reflect Reggio Principles. This project might be for the participant’s own professional growth, or might include the children they work with. Be creative!
  • Submit the application form below when you are ready!
  • The Deadline for Submission is November 5th, 2021. Decisions will be announced on or before November 15th, 2021.

Criteria for Selection

  • Demonstration of how the project is congruent with exploring ideas and/or principles of the Reggio Emilia Approach
  • Description of how a group of educators will work collaboratively on the project and how the project will enhance the educational experience of the community
  • Demonstration of how the project may contribute to and/or advance understanding of the Reggio Emilia Approach within a Canadian early years context
  • Description of how applicants will provide documentation of the process of their project that may be shared on the VRA website
  • Those who have received a grant in the past three (3) years are ineligible to re-apply. Those who have received a grant more than three (3) years in the past are welcome and encouraged to apply, however priority will be reserved for those who have never received a grant in the past.

    Learning Journey Grant Application Form (2021)

    Personal Information

    This work has strongly informed – little by little – our way of being with the children. It has also, in a rather beautiful way, obliged us to refine our methods of observation and recording so that the process of children’s learning becomes the basis of our dialogue with parents. Stand aside for a while and leave room for learning, observe carefully what children do, and then, if you have understood well, perhaps teaching will be different than before.
    Loris Malaguzzi

    Loris Malaguzzi