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Engaging with Infants and Toddlers through Respectful and Peaceful Care

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 3-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.

Dates and Location:
Feb 23-25, 2019
Saturday, Sunday and Monday 9:00 am–5:00 pm all three days

Saturday and Sunday are at Acorn Hill Waldorf Kindergarten & Nursery
9504 Brunett Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20901

Monday will be at the Silver Spring Civic Center
1 Veterans Pl, Silver Spring, MD 20910

$400 (Early bird rate ended December 31)
Groups–two or more registrations bought together get a 10% discount 


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.

Cancellation policy: Once enrolled, your registration fee will be forfeited if a cancellation occurs thirty days prior to the start of the event (January 23-Feb 23rd).  If a cancellation occurs between January 6th  to January 22nd , you will receive 50% refund. If your cancellation occurs before January 5th, you will be entitled to a 75% refund.
All cancellations must be submitted in writing to Elsa Chahin at

Elsa Chahin, president of Pikler/Lóczy USA and Liz Hagerman, MA, BC-DMT LGPC
Elsa Chahin, president of Pikler/Lóczy USA and Liz Hagerman, MA, BC-DMT LGPC

About the instructors:

Liz Hagerman, MA, BC-DMT LGPC

Liz is a Pikler® Pedagogue candidate, a board certified dance/movement therapist (BC-DMT), a Waldorf Birth to Three specialist, a RIE® intern, and a licensed professional counselor (LGPC). The focus of her work is supporting free, self initiated movement within a secure, warm, consistent relationship. Liz teaches Parent infant/toddler classes at Acorn Hill Waldorf Kindergarten & Nursery, and works therapeutically with young children and families at the Expressive Therapy Center.

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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