“The Wonder of Learning: The Hundred Languages of Children,” an international exhibition highlighting early childhood learning, will be presented at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows in Santa Monica beginning Friday, January 29th and continuing through April 25th.

The exhibit will be held in a 4,500-square foot tent at the Second Street parking area of the hotel, 1129 Second St., Santa Monica. Programs are scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, 10 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free and open to the public.

Event organizers say that the

exhibit is intended to help inspire parents, educators, and other advocates for children to better understand the powerful learning that occurs in early childhood.

The traveling exhibit highlights the work of the children of Reggio Emilia, Italy and is visiting select cities in America in collaboration with North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA).

The Reggio Emilia philosophy of early childhood education suggests that children, from birth,

use many “languages,” such as art, music, play, drama and literacy, to learn about and make sense of the world, event organizers explain.

The exhibit, on display in Southern California for the first time, is hosted by the First Presbyterian Nursery School in Santa Monica and Para Los Ni“os childcare and preschool centers.

In addition, the West LA Collaborative, a group of five pre-schools dedicated to the Reggio Emilia philosophy, will be hosting initiatives that support professional development.

“We’re privileged to host this exhibition and provide an opportunity for parents, teachers and citizens in our community to deepen their understanding of how children learn,” said Mary Hartzell, director of First Presbyterian Nursery School.

“Parents will see how children, even from the earliest years, are capable, curious and already have

theories about how the world works. After seeing the exhibit, parents may think differently about their children’s creativity, their ability to learn and the educational possibilities for all children in our community.”

Exhibit information, www.thewonderoflearning.com/.