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Engaging with Infants and Toddlers through Respectful and Peaceful Care

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

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 careful and caring approach that understands and respects the importance of children’s movement, thinking and feeling. This introductory workshop will explore the philosophy of Dr. Emmi Pikler, which advocates a peaceful and respectful approach to caring for babies and toddlers. Research from the Pikler Institute in Budapest, Hungary suggests that young children thrive when they are seen as participants in their own care and initiators of their own explorations and play. We will explore how careful and attentive physical care facilitates a child’s sense of competence. Participants will deepen their knowledge about infant-toddler care and education in order to provide peaceful and respectful care to babies and toddlers. This 2-day workshop will use a variety of experiential activities, as well as discussion and lecture. It is open to everyone who is interested in increasing their knowledge of how to care for infants and toddlers at home or in center care.

Participants will:

  • Explore the Pikler® philosophy through lecture, video, discussion, and planned experiences.
  • Identify and understand the complexity of children’s growth and development.
  • Gain an awareness of children’s immense capabilities.
  • Understand the caregiver’s role in supporting and caring for young children through lecture, video, discussion, and planned experiences.

March 21-22, 2020
9:00 am–5:00 pm
United Way of Miami-Dade
3250 Southwest Third Avenue
Miami, FL 33129-2712

$250 (Early bird rate before February 21)
$300 (Regular rate after February 22)

Special Instructions

When registering for more than one individual please provide name and email address of additional registrants in the "NOTE TO SELLER" section on your PayPal purchase.

Directions to United Way of Miami-Dada

From the north: I-95 South, exit Rickenbacker Causeway/Southwest 25 Road. Turn right at bottom of the ramp. Go two blocks to Southwest Third Avenue (Coral Way), make left, go seven blocks. United Way building will be on your right. Turn right at Southwest 32 Road and then right into the parking lot.

From the south: US-1 to 16 Avenue. Make a left and veer right onto Southwest Third Avenue. Go to intersection at 12 Avenue. Turn left and go one block to Southwest 32 Road. Make a right and then go left again into the parking lot.

Cancellation Policy

Once enrolled, your registration fee will be forfeited if a cancellation occurs 20 days  prior to the start of the event (March 20).  If a cancellation occurs between February 15th  to February 22nd , you will receive 50% refund. If your cancellation occurs before February 5th, you will be entitled to a 75% refund.

All cancellations must be submitted in writing to Elsa Chahin at

About the instructors

In this video you can meet Lisa and Elsa at the Pikler® House in Budapest Hungary

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Lisa Better

Lisa Chariff Better is a Pikler® Pedagogue candidate, having attended multiple official Pikler® Institute Trainings in 2010-2013, and 2019 in USA, and 2017-2018 in Budapest, where she studied under the tutelage of Anna Tardos.  Lisa became a RIE® Associate in 2010. She observed her first RIE® Parent-Infant Guidance™ class in Los Angeles many years earlier and became a passionate advocate for Magda Gerber’s Educaring® Approach. She is the RIE® Alliance Chairperson on the RIE Board and is also a RIE® Certified Mentor Teacher. In addition, Lisa volunteers as a Guardian ad Litem in Miami Dade County, and was honored as Guardian ad Litem of the Year 2010, and Guardian ad Litem of the Year in her division for 2018. A Miami resident, Lisa introduced RIE® to the area in 2004

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Elsa Chahin

Elsa Chahin is an in-demand speaker, writer, teacher, lactation educator, and 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 85 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 studied under Tardos at the Pikler® Institute in Budapest, Hungary, and was a presenter at the 2004 and 2007 Pikler® International Symposiums, also assisting Tardos as co-trainer in Budapest in 2007, 2008, 2015, 2017, and in the States in 2010, 2012 and 2015. Chahin, who has been mentored by Ute Strub since 2004, is a working group leader for World Forum Foundation™, a RIE® Associate, PITC Trainer and a UCLA Certified Lactation Educator. As a Certified Interpreter-Translator and Certified Teacher of English as a Second Language, Chahin passed her ESL Exams at Cambridge and Oxford Universities. 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. Formerly a professional ballerina, Chahin continues to teach dance to adults and children. Above all, she is a joyous mom.

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