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Well-being for the Children of the World.®

Our Vision – We envision a world where all children are cared for with respect.

Peace begins with babies.®

Ways of Being with Oneself and with Children, An Atmosphere of Joy- A Week with Ute Strub August 12-16
Self-Initiated Motor Development led by Hungarian faculty Dr. Gabriella Püspöki, former Director of the Pikler Institute, Szilvia Papp and Elsa Chahin, October 21-25
Third Annual Pikler® USA Conference: The Shared Experience of Observation, October 26
Observation led by Hungarian faculty from the Pikler® House in Budapest, Judit Kelemen, Dr. Eszter Mózes and Elsa Chahin, October 28-November 1

Pikler/Lóczy USA is the only organization in the USA authorized to teach the Pikler® Pedagogy. Our Vision: We envision a world where all children are cared for with respect. We are a not for profit 501(c)3. 

Pikler® baby - Jancsi Interview


Dr. Emmi Pikler, (1902-1984) was a Hungarian pediatrician, author and lecturer known for her revolutionary approach to infant and child care. In 1946 she founded a residential nursery in Budapest, Hungary, the Pikler® Institute, where the focus was to preserve the competence, autonomy and integrity of the young child, ages 0 to six years. Since Pikler’s death, thousands of participants from around the world attend trainings onsite at the Institute, which ceased operating in 2011, but was established as the Pikler® Daycare Center in 2006 and continues its mission to conserve the practical applications of the Pikler® pedagogy – to bring up infants and young children with respect. In addition, there are a number of Pikler associations worldwide, including throughout Europe, in Asia,  and North and South America, where certified Pikler® trainers lead workshops in this groundbreaking pedagogy.Emmi Pikler

PLUSA, a 501 (c) 3  nonprofit corporation, was founded by Laura Briley in 1991 to raise awareness of the Pikler® Approach and to financially assist The Pikler® Institute, also known as Lóczy, the children’s home for training and research founded by Dr. Pikler in Budapest, Hungary.

In response to the Pikler Institute’s transition from a residential nursery to a child care center, PLUSA’s purpose has also changed. The role of PLUSA is to support those interested in implementing Dr. Emmi Pikler approach to caring for children with respect, through training, service, and research.

A day at the Pikler House:


PLUSA, a 501 (c) 3  nonprofit corporation, is governed by an all volunteer service board.  The  PLUSA board gives time and effort sharing the Pikler® Approach with others. The Pikler board advocates for the work that continues in Budapest with a portion of proceeds contributed to the Lóczy Association in Hungary.

Our training provides knowledge to parents, caregivers, and professionals regarding the principles of the Pikler® Approach through consultations, intensives, and conferences nationally and internationally. Further in-depth training leads to a Pikler® Pedagogue certification.

PLUSA’s research focus includes new translations of Dr. Pikler's work, continued in-depth reflection on Pikler’s original documents and videos, as well as subsequent work produced at the Institute since Dr. Pikler’s death.


Pikler/Lóczy USA (PLUSA) promotes respectful and harmonious relationships between the youngest child and the adult.  Inspired by the Pikler® Approach, our mission is to support the adult through service, training, and research in the USA and internationally. Our focus preserves the competence, autonomy, and integrity of the young child, as formulated, studied and practiced by Hungarian pediatrician Emmi Pikler, M.D. (1902-1984), in order to ensure the child’s well being in families and in group settings.

Three extraordinary five-day workshops with Pikler® experts – Los Angeles, California, 2019

By Piklerusa | February 26, 2019

5-day retreat.OPEN TO ALL – Discover new ways of being with yourself and with children through playful experiments guided by Ute Strub, assisted by Elsa…

Join us in Macao, China for the World Forum on Early Care and Education

By Piklerusa | December 17, 2018

As a member of the World Forum™ Alliance, Pikler® USA is pleased to invite you to join us at the World Forum on Early Care…

Engaging with Infants and Toddlers through Respectful and Peaceful Care

By Piklerusa | November 1, 2018

Class Overview Children move, explore, wonder, play and learn with their whole being, their minds, bodies and hearts. Adults can support this learning with a…

Congratulations to Bonnie Neugebauer, Co-Founder of World Forum Foundation

By Piklerusa | October 18, 2018

Bonnie pictured with the Pikler USA Board of Trustees, advisors and presenters: Brooke Frenkel, Professor Octavio Pescador, Ph.D., Gabrielle Anwar, Larissa Nielson J.D., Bonnie Neugebauer…

Thank you, Community Playthings, for supporting Pikler USA

By Piklerusa | September 13, 2018

Community Playthings, a maker of high-quality wooden toys and furniture for children, has been supporting Pikler USA every year for over twenty years. Over the…

Meet the newest members of Pikler/Lóczy USA

By Piklerusa | July 15, 2018

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…

SOLD OUT! Pikler Conference, July 21

By Piklerusa | July 13, 2018

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

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

By Piklerusa | June 7, 2018

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…

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

By Piklerusa | May 9, 2018

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…

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

By Piklerusa | March 14, 2018

Honoring Bonnie Neugebauer, Recipient of Pikler/Lóczy USA Founders Award *Open to all At this conference you will have an opportunity to learn how play impacts…


"Reflections from a board member on Pikler Intensive Workshop April 13-18, 2015 Arriving on Sunday afternoon I walked into the pre-conference workshop to see all the participants deeply engaged with Bev, Janet, Intisar and Elsa. All seemed so appreciative of the time they had spent over the weekend and eager to learn more."

- Enid Elliot PhD, Chair of Education Committee Pikler USA

"I have had the pleasure of being able to attend all four of the previous Pikler® Intensives that have been held in the United States. I cannot even begin to describe how truly remarkable these trainings are. I am a lifelong learner, and as such, I attend a lot of conferences and trainings."

- Colleen Walling, Caregiver

“The nine days I spent at the Advanced Pikler® Intensive were life-changing! Though I’ve always had a love and respect for children, I gained a new way of seeing them. I learned how to notice, observe and enjoy each child’s unique rhythm. I learned about ‘Why movement is critical to brain development. And much, much more"

- Tracy Epps Johnson, Ph.D.

“It is mystery to me how love can continue to grow. My two granddaughters are testimony to the fact that our capacity to love others is boundless. Both their fathers are my adopted sons and it amazes me that their offspring look just like them. What a blessing for them to finally “see themselves” in the flesh. Pikler® has been extremely important to me as I have learned how to hold my children and to let them go simultaneously.

The balance we all seek is not just physical but also emotional and spiritual. The wisdom of Dr. Pikler and Dr. Tardos has been a healing power in my life. I am eternally grateful to both of them.”

- Executive Board Member, Dr. Intisar Shareef