Mission, Vision and History


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.


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.

Wherever Dr. Emmi Pikler’s approach is known and practiced, a significant improvement of the quality of life of infants and young children has been and continues to be observed.
The two factors of the Pikler® approach – self initiated activity, and the way the child is treated in the care situation – became interwoven to create four principles. (David, Appell, 1973)

  1. The value of self-initiated activity of the children from the youngest of age.
  2. The value of a harmonious relationship. The adult does not impose on the child the adult’s own emotional needs, but all their attitudes are dictated by respect for the child’s own personality and the understanding of his/her needs.
  3. The need to sustain each child in the development of self awareness, to understand as early and as clearly as possible who she is, what is
    happening to her, what she is doing, who is looking out for her, her environment, her situation, and what she is going to become. The child
    is helped to develop self-awareness by being encouraged to actively participate in what is going on. This helps him to know himself, express
    himself, and assert himself as a person. This also implies that a child is never treated as an object, but as a person. From the earliest age, those
    who have contact with him try to ensure that he will always be an active partner in the interaction.
  4. The importance of good health not only underlies the application of the above interaction, but is also partly a result from such an application.