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We are stronger together!

There will be a time when the coronavirus is over. Maybe it is nourishing to imagine yourself sitting in the late summer sun having a picnic with friends and family. All that we develop now can have a substantial impact on the well-being and conscious development for all of us, both now and for the future.

Ute Strub, Master Pikler® Trainer and physiotherapist, worked for 12 years at University Hospital in Freiburg, Germany with very sick patients. Since 1950, Ms. Strub worked closely with Elfriede Hengstenberg, who named her as successor of her work and commissioned her in writing Hengstenberg’s published biography. In the 70’s, she worked closely with Dr. Emmi Pikler, including on various publications. As Master Teacher of their pedagogies, Ms. Strub became co-initiator of the Pikler-Playroom movement in Austria, Germany and Switzerland in 1996. In 2007 she founded the Emmi Pikler House for abandoned children and in 2010 a unique playroom in Berlin for both adults and children. At 86, she is still a dynamic and active presenter worldwide. Read more about Ute

Pia Doegl is a parenting counselor, author and social entrepreneur. Pia has focused her work on fostering the precious potential of children and the empathetic well being of the whole family.  Pia founded the organization Beginning Well, which offers parents and caregivers practical support for mindful care. Her book, Beginning Well - Empathy From The Very Beginning, was published in autumn 2018 in English and will soon be available in Mandarin. Pia works internationally with groups and organizations on self-awareness and the unfolding of unique capacities, that's what her new company is about.

Elsa Chahin, President and CEO of Pikler USA is an in-demand speaker, writer, teacher, infant-toddler consultant, and is one of only two Pikler® certified and accredited trainers of the Pikler® Pedagogy in North America. In addition, Chahin has served as a keynote speaker and presenter at over 125 national and international conferences and seminars on the topic of caring for babies with respect. She recently co-authored the book, In Loving Hands: How the Rights for Young Children Living in Children’s Homes Offer Hope and Happiness In Today’s World, with Anna Tardos, Dr. Pikler’s daughter. Chahin, who has been mentored by Ute Strub since 2004 and named as her successor, is a working group leader for World Forum Foundation™, a RIE® Associate, PITC Trainer and a UCLA Certified Lactation Educator. Chahin, a rare leader who not only brings passion and commitment to her work, but also a deep knowledge coupled with both insight and generosity, has practiced yoga, meditation and mindfulness for over 20 years. Above all, she is a joyous mom.

We will continue to offer free weekly webinars with highly regarded experts in the field of early childhood education. Webinars can be accessed directly at the time and day of the event by clicking on the pertaining link. In addition, it will go Live on Pikler USA’s Facebook page. After the event, the recording will be available on Facebook as well as here on Pikler USA's website.


Creating an Atmosphere of Joy
Instructional Certification Program
with Ute Strub and Elsa Chahin

Ways of Being™ (week two, for those who have already attended)
Will be offered in both Spanish and English! In collaboration with Pikler USA

June 22-26, 2020, 5-day retreat
Serra Retreat, Malibu, CA

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Schools and care centers are closed for an unknown length of time. The new family reality changes from one day to the next, without time to prepare. As parents, we have to figure out how to manage work, child care and self-care, while maybe our own anxiety is running high. You are not alone!

How can I as parent stay grounded and empathetic in these intense times while feeling overwhelmed and insecure?

How can I figure out, how to manage work, child-care, and self-care so that everyone feels nourished and appreciated?

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Las escuelas y los centros de cuidado están cerrados por un período de tiempo desconocido. Nuestra realidad familiar cambió de un día para otro, sin anticiparnos.

Como padres, tenemos que descubrir cómo manejar el trabajo, el cuidado de los niños y el cuidado personal, mientras nuestra ansiedad aumenta.

Pero… ¡No estas solo!

Sary Montero, Pia Doegl ,Vicky Chen, y Elsa Chahin te invitan a un webinar abierto para conversar sobre:

¿Cómo puedo, como padre, permanecer firme y empático en estos tiempos intensos mientras me siento abrumado e inseguro?

¿Cómo puedo equilibrar el trabajo, el cuidado de los niños y el cuidado personal para que todos se sientan nutridos y apreciados?

In response to the global pandemic and evolving situation of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and in consideration of the health and safety of participants, we have decided to postpone the 2-day Pikler training in Miami (March 21-22, 2020) until further notice. We will be reimbursing 100% of registrations.

Engaging with Infants and Toddlers through Respectful and Peaceful Care

A two-day Pikler® introductory workshop in collaboration with United Way of Miami-Dade

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.®

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


Emmi PiklerDr. 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.

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.


"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