Meet the newest members of Pikler/Lóczy USA

It is with great joy that we welcome our newest members of Pikler/Lóczy USA. As an all-volunteer organization we are grateful for their time and expertise that allow us to continue to serve the early childhood community with dedication, ethics, and integrity.


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Board of Trustees: Ms. Vivien Wang

Ms. Vivien Wang, Chairman and CEO of Etonkids Educational Group, started her career as a lecturer in statistics at Xi’an Jiao-Tong University. She later earned her MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management with a concentration in Marketing, Finance, and Education Management. After Kellogg, Ms. Wang worked as an investment strategist at Merrill Lynch’s Wall Street Head Office and has since conducted business seminars at the China Europe International Business School, Peking University, and Tsinghua University. Ms. Wang possesses extensive experience in multinational management and operations, having worked throughout the United States, London, Singapore, and Hong Kong. In 2002, she was elected president of the Kellogg Beijing Alumni Club. In 2006, she successfully organized the first Kellogg Asia Marketing Conference. She currently serves as co-chair and senior consultant for the club.

Ms. Wang founded Etonkids Educational Group in 2002 with collaboration of alumni from Harvard University and Kellogg School of Management as well as American Montessori Society (AMS) experts and quickly built it into China’s leading provider of early education. She has received numerous awards for her contribution to education in China, including being named as part of the “Top 100 Educators in China.” She is the Vice President of the China Private Education-Early Education Committee as well as a member of the American Montessori Society and National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Ms. Wang authored a parenting book entitled Hey, Do You Know Your Baby? This book encapsulates 10 years of Etonkids’ Montessori education practice in China and summarizes the educational experience of tens of thousands of Etonkids students from over 50 campuses covering the past 14 years. The book’s central message involves the sharing of valuable and practical information for parents to learn how to evolve their parenting skills and how to help their children to develop into individuals. As a book, which brings together over 10 years of educational experience, it features systematic concepts, vivid examples, scientific methodologies, professional analyses, academic theories, and associated practices. This book can be considered as an informative, entertaining, and practical family parenting encyclopedia. “If you are able to know your baby earlier and provide them with the environment in which to develop, you can help them form the capability to create happiness for themselves. This is the best gift which we can give to our children as parents.”

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Advisory Board member: Prof. Natasha Khazanov, Ph.D.
Prof. Natasha Khazanov, Ph.D. presented at our Pikler® USA Conference 2017, and is a neuropsychologist, a psychotherapist, and creator of the SMARTT™ Parenting program. She also is an Associate Clinical Professor au UCSF School of Medicine, where she teaches medical school students and residents. Her deep interest in the neurobiology of trauma led her to forensic field. She served as an expert witness in over eighty criminal (mostly capital) cases. In her SMARTT™ Parenting Program she was able to integrate all she learned in her thirty-year career about the brain, mind and behavior to assist parents and caregivers in raising children who become resilient, responsible and successful adults. Dr. Khazanov believes that, “Dr. Pikler was an intuitive neuroscientist”.

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Advisory Board member: 
Professor Octavio Pescador, Ph.D.
Professor Octavio Pescador, Ph.D. is a political analyst, senior research associate at Juarez & Associates, and founding research associate of the UCLA Paulo Freire Institute in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. He has worked extensively domestically and internationally for over two decades designing and conducting qualitative and quantitative research projects in education, health and political participation. His expertise include developing survey instruments, conducting needs analyses, and evaluating program outcomes. Dr. Pescador serves as a global affairs analyst for electronic and print media and was named UCLA Mortar Board Honor Senior Society Distinguished Faculty in 2009 and UCLA Bruin Democrat Faculty of the year in 2012. He obtained a Ph.D. in Education from UCLA, a M.A. International Development Education from Stanford University and a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA.

 

SOLD OUT! Pikler Conference, July 21

How Play Relates to Cognition: Where Pikler® Meets Neuroscience – Pikler® Conference, July 21
Honoring Bonnie Neugebauer, Recipient of Pikler/Lóczy USA Founders Award

Bonnie Neugebauer

Bonnie Neugebauer

Open to all. At this conference you will have an opportunity to learn how play impacts a child’s ability to learn, think and engage with the world. Play, movement and thought are intertwined and influence each other in an endless and fascinating loop. This conference will feature not only the formidable observations and research of Dr. Emmi Pikler and her colleagues, much of which has not been available in English until now, but also current research and practice that highlights the importance of play in babies’ and toddlers’ growth and development. We invite you to join us as world-renowned experts delve deep into the topic of play and cognition!

Presenters:
Alberto Adalid PhM, MS, Prof. Paola Guraieb MD, Ruth Anne Hammond, Judit Kelemen, Ken Jaffe JD, Peter L. Mangione PhD, Eszter Mózes PhD, Prof. Oleg Palmov PhD, Elsa Chahin, Moderator: Gabrielle Anwar , Conference Committee Chair: Linda Hinrichs.  READ BONNIE’S, PRESENTERS’ BIOS AND MORE ABOUT THE CONFERENCE...


Location for all: Pepperdine University Graduate Campus
6100 Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045
West LA Campus

Daily schedule: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Thank you to our sponsor!

Because you asked: Early bird extended! Thank you Etonkids for the sponsorship!

How Play Relates to Cognition: Where Pikler® Meets Neuroscience – Pikler® Conference, July 21
Honoring Bonnie Neugebauer, Recipient of Pikler/Lóczy USA Founders Award

Early bird price for all three events extended until June 15! Only a few spots left!

Early bird before June 15, 2018 – $130
After June 15, 2018 – $150

Thank you Etonkids Educational Group/International Kindergartens for your generosity and for sponsoring our Pikler Conference on July 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA.
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Bonnie Neugebauer

Bonnie Neugebauer

Open to all. At this conference you will have an opportunity to learn how play impacts a child’s ability to learn, think and engage with the world. Play, movement and thought are intertwined and influence each other in an endless and fascinating loop. This conference will feature not only the formidable observations and research of Dr. Emmi Pikler and her colleagues, much of which has not been available in English until now, but also current research and practice that highlights the importance of play in babies’ and toddlers’ growth and development. We invite you to join us as world-renowned experts delve deep into the topic of play and cognition!

Presenters:
Alberto Adalid PhM, MS, Prof. Paola Guraieb MD, Ruth Anne Hammond, Judit Kelemen, Ken Jaffe JD, Prof. Natasha Khazanov PhD, Peter L. Mangione PhD, Eszter Mózes PhD, Prof. Oleg Palmov PhD, Elsa Chahin, Moderator: Gabrielle Anwar , Conference Committee Chair: Linda Hinrichs.  READ BONNIE’S, PRESENTERS’ BIOS AND MORE ABOUT THE CONFERENCE...


The Autonomous Play Activity   
July 16-20

Early bird  for each session: Before June 15, 2018 – $1,200
After June 16, 2018 – $1,350

Autonomous play activity delves into the topic of the development of free play, including its many, often overlooked, stages. This workshop provides credit to certification as a Pikler® Pedagogue for parents and educators of young children. READ MORE…


Respectful Care and  The Relationship with the Adult   
July 23-27

Early bird  for each session: Before June 15, 2018 – $1,200
After June 16, 2018 – $1,350

This intensive provides credit toward certification as a Pikler® Pedagogue. The course will underline the importance of the quality of daily care/caregiving interactions (nappy changing, dressing, nose wiping etc.) related to children forming their self-image and need for bonding. Participants will have an opportunity to engage in a variety of experiential activities, discussion and lecture, as well as analyze video footage from the Pikler® Institute, observing how infants and toddlers express their needs and how much they learn from the adult during these situations. READ MORE…


Location for all: Pepperdine University Graduate Campus
6100 Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045
West LA Campus

Daily schedule: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Early Bird registration ends soon for Pikler Pedagogue accredited Intensives and conference!

How Play Relates to Cognition: Where Pikler® Meets Neuroscience – Pikler® Conference, July 21
Honoring Bonnie Neugebauer, Recipient of Pikler/Lóczy USA Founders Award

Early bird before May 15, 2018 – $130
After May 16, 2018 – $150

Bonnie Neugebauer

Bonnie Neugebauer

Open to all. At this conference you will have an opportunity to learn how play impacts a child’s ability to learn, think and engage with the world. Play, movement and thought are intertwined and influence each other in an endless and fascinating loop. This conference will feature not only the formidable observations and research of Dr. Emmi Pikler and her colleagues, much of which has not been available in English until now, but also current research and practice that highlights the importance of play in babies’ and toddlers’ growth and development. We invite you to join us as world-renowned experts delve deep into the topic of play and cognition!

Presenters:
Alberto Adalid PhM, MS, Prof. Paola Guraieb MD, Ruth Anne Hammond, Judit Kelemen, Ken Jaffe JD, Prof. Natasha Khazanov PhD, Peter L. Mangione PhD, Eszter Mózes PhD, Prof. Oleg Palmov PhD, Elsa Chahin, Moderator: Gabrielle Anwar , Conference Committee Chair: Linda Hinrichs.  READ BONNIE’S, PRESENTERS’ BIOS AND MORE ABOUT THE CONFERENCE...


The Autonomous Play Activity   
July 16-20

Early bird  for each session: Before May 15, 2018 – $1,200
After May 16, 2018 – $1,350

Autonomous play activity delves into the topic of the development of free play, including its many, often overlooked, stages. This workshop provides credit to certification as a Pikler® Pedagogue for parents and educators of young children. READ MORE…


Respectful Care and  The Relationship with the Adult   
July 23-27

Early bird  for each session: Before May 15, 2018 – $1,200
After May 16, 2018 – $1,350

This intensive provides credit toward certification as a Pikler® Pedagogue. The course will underline the importance of the quality of daily care/caregiving interactions (nappy changing, dressing, nose wiping etc.) related to children forming their self-image and need for bonding. Participants will have an opportunity to engage in a variety of experiential activities, discussion and lecture, as well as analyze video footage from the Pikler® Institute, observing how infants and toddlers express their needs and how much they learn from the adult during these situations. READ MORE…


Location for all: Pepperdine University Graduate Campus
6100 Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045
West LA Campus

Daily schedule: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Pikler Conference July 21, 2018: How Play Relates to Cognition – Where Pikler® Meets Neuroscience

Honoring Bonnie Neugebauer, Recipient of Pikler/Lóczy USA Founders Award

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*Open to all
At this conference you will have an opportunity to learn how play impacts a child’s ability to learn, think and engage with the world. Play, movement and thought are intertwined and influence each other in an endless and fascinating loop. This conference will feature not only the formidable observations and research of Dr. Emmi Pikler and her colleagues, much of which has not been available in English until now, but also current research and practice that highlights the importance of play in babies’ and toddlers’ growth and development.

We invite you to join us as world-renowned experts delve deep into the topic of play and cognition!


Recipient of Pikler/Lóczy USA Founders Award, Bonnie Neugebauer

Bonnie Neugebauer

Bonnie Neugebauer

Bonnie Neugebauer is Co-Founder and Director of Program Development for the World Forum Foundation with the mission “of promoting an ongoing global exchange of ideas on the delivery of quality services for young children in diverse settings.” World Forum on Early Care and Education will celebrate its 20 year anniversary in Macao, China, April 6-9, 2019.

Online, Bonnie curates content for Bonnie’s Global Café — a virtual space that feels like an actual place — inviting people from around the world to share updates and stories and to build connections in order to strengthen this community of advocates for children. Together with her husband Roger Neugebauer, a like-minded risk taker and connection strategist, Bonnie continues to provide leadership and vision for the World Forum Foundation.

Bonnie is also Founding Editor of Exchange Magazine, first published in March of 1978 as a vehicle for exchanging ideas and information among professional advocates in the field of early care and education. “Exchange is committed to supporting early childhood professionals worldwide in their efforts to craft early childhood environments where adults and children thrive — environments that foster friendship, curiosity, self-esteem, joy, and respect; where the talents of all are fully challenged and justly rewarded.” Exchange is now in the guiding hands of Dimensions Educational Research Foundation, and Bonnie continues to write her column “Speaking” in each issue and to mentor vision and history. READ MORE ABOUT BONNIE…

 


Presenters:

Alberto Adalid PhM, MS, Prof. Paola Guraieb MD, Ruth Anne Hammond, Judit Kelemen, Ken Jaffe JD, Prof. Natasha Khazanov PhD, Peter L. Mangione PhD, Eszter Mózes PhD, Prof. Oleg Palmov PhD, Elsa Chahin, Moderator: Gabrielle Anwar, Conference Committee Chair: Linda Hinrichs

READ THE PRESENTERS’ BIOS…


Registration information:
To register and pay with Pay Pal or credit card
July 21, 2018, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Breakfast and lunch will be served
Registration 8:00 AM
$130 – Early bird, before May 1, 2018
$150 – After May 2, 2017


Pepperdine University Graduate Campus
6100 Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045
West LA Campus

Pikler Conference July 21, 2018: How Play Relates to Cognition – Where Pikler® Meets Neuroscience

Honoring Bonnie Neugebauer, Recipient of Pikler/Lóczy USA Founders Award

babymama boys

*Open to all
At this conference you will have an opportunity to learn how play impacts a child’s ability to learn, think and engage with the world. Play, movement and thought are intertwined and influence each other in an endless and fascinating loop. This conference will feature not only the formidable observations and research of Dr. Emmi Pikler and her colleagues, much of which has not been available in English until now, but also current research and practice that highlights the importance of play in babies’ and toddlers’ growth and development.

We invite you to join us as world-renowned experts delve deep into the topic of play and cognition!


Recipient of Pikler/Lóczy USA Founders Award, Bonnie Neugebauer

Bonnie Neugebauer

Bonnie Neugebauer

Bonnie Neugebauer is Co-Founder and Director of Program Development for the World Forum Foundation with the mission “of promoting an ongoing global exchange of ideas on the delivery of quality services for young children in diverse settings.” World Forum on Early Care and Education will celebrate its 20 year anniversary in Macao, China, April 6-9, 2019.

Online, Bonnie curates content for Bonnie’s Global Café — a virtual space that feels like an actual place — inviting people from around the world to share updates and stories and to build connections in order to strengthen this community of advocates for children. Together with her husband Roger Neugebauer, a like-minded risk taker and connection strategist, Bonnie continues to provide leadership and vision for the World Forum Foundation.

Bonnie is also Founding Editor of Exchange Magazine, first published in March of 1978 as a vehicle for exchanging ideas and information among professional advocates in the field of early care and education. “Exchange is committed to supporting early childhood professionals worldwide in their efforts to craft early childhood environments where adults and children thrive — environments that foster friendship, curiosity, self-esteem, joy, and respect; where the talents of all are fully challenged and justly rewarded.” Exchange is now in the guiding hands of Dimensions Educational Research Foundation, and Bonnie continues to write her column “Speaking” in each issue and to mentor vision and history. READ MORE ABOUT BONNIE…

 


Presenters:

Alberto Adalid PhM, MS, Prof. Paola Guraieb MD, Ruth Anne Hammond, Judit Kelemen, Ken Jaffe JD, Prof. Natasha Khazanov PhD, Peter L. Mangione PhD, Eszter Mózes PhD, Prof. Oleg Palmov PhD, Elsa Chahin, Moderator: Gabrielle Anwar, Conference Committee Chair: Linda Hinrichs

READ THE PRESENTERS’ BIOS…


Registration information:
To register and pay with Pay Pal or credit card
July 21, 2018, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Breakfast and lunch will be served
Registration 8:00 AM
$130 – Early bird, before May 1, 2018
$150 – After May 2, 2017


Pepperdine University Graduate Campus
6100 Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045
West LA Campus

Faculty of the Pikler® Pedagogue accredited Intensive – Respectful Care and The Relationship with the Adult

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WEEK TWO
Respectful Care and The Relationship with the Adult
July 23-27, Los Angeles, CA

This intensive provides credit toward certification as a Pikler® Pedagogue. The course will underline the importance of the quality of daily care/caregiving interactions (nappy changing, dressing, nose wiping etc.) related to children forming their self-image and need for bonding. Participants will have an opportunity to engage in a variety of experiential activities, discussion and lecture, as well as analyze video footage from the Pikler® Institute, observing how infants and toddlers express their needs and how much they learn from the adult during these situations.


Faculty:

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Szilvi Papp, Special therapist, District Nurse, Pikler pedagogue, and Cofounder of the Pikler Parent-Child Group, became a member of the Lóczy team in 1999.

Judit Kelemen, Lead Group Caregiver at Lóczy, trained as a healthcare professional and has been working at the Pikler Institute and Pikler Daycare Center for  over 30 years.

Elsa Chahin, President and CEO of Pikler USA, is an in-demand speaker, writer, teacher and is one of only two Pikler® certified and accredited trainers of the Pikler® Pedagogy in North America.

READ THEIR COMPLETE BIOS AND MORE ABOUT THIS TRAINING…


Registration information:
To register and pay with Pay Pal or credit card.

Early bird before May 15, 2018 – $1,200
After May 16, 2018 – $1,350


Course Outline:

  • What children learn during diaper change
  • Individualized care situation in the day-care: the quality of care
  • Free movement on the changing table – a key for cooperation
  • The journey of the child: from breastfeeding to autonomous mealtime
  • Specific and difficult situations during feeding time

This course is designed for those who would like to acquire knowledge, and be informed about the Pikler® approach. Participants will deepen their understanding about early childhood education through studying our most important pedagogical principles, learning about everyday experiences with children, and also through hearing about the results of research carried out by the Pikler® Institute.

The topics will be elaborated by presenting core materials of the Institute. The results of research and practical experience, the opportunity to watch and analyze photos and video footage, accounts of personal practice and discussion of the questions raised by participants will all be included. The courses will be held by some of the Pikler® team, including former colleagues of Dr. Emmi Pikler and other experienced professionals of the Institute.

Faculty to be announced soon! Our team in Hungary is working diligently to select the trainers from the Pikler House for this intensive.