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