Two extraordinary opportunities for Pikler® Pedagogue accredited Intensives

Second Week
Respectful Care and
The Relationship with the Adult
July 23-27, Los Angeles, CA

This intensive provides credit toward certification as a Pikler® Pedagogue. The course will underline the importance of the quality of daily care/caregiving interactions (nappy changing, dressing, nose wiping etc.) related to children forming their self-image and need for bonding. Participants will have an opportunity to engage in a variety of experiential activities, discussion and lecture, as well as analyze video footage from the Pikler® Institute, observing how infants and toddlers express their needs and how much they learn from the adult during these situations. To read more, register and pay with Pay Pal or credit card…

First Week
The Autonomous Play Activity
July 16-20, Los Angeles, CA

Autonomous play activity delves into the topic of the development of free play, including its many, often overlooked, stages. This workshop provides credit to certification as a Pikler® Pedagogue for parents and educators of young children. To read more, register and pay with Pay Pal or credit card…

Pepperdine University Graduate Campus
6100 Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045
West LA Campus

Daily schedule: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Early bird  for each session: 
Before May 15, 2018 – $1,200
After May 16, 2018 – $1,350

Happy Birthday Dr. Pikler – Scholarship Winners!

January 9th marked Dr. Pikler’s 116th birthday! In her honor, we offered two full scholarships to Budapest. The drawing took place via Facebook Live at Hari’s Studio in Santa Monica, CA; with Hari Grebler pulling the winning names out of the hat.

As a gift to all of you, here’s a tour of the Pikler House by our President/CEO Elsa Chahin! It will offer you a glimpse of a typical day of training at the Pikler House, weaved with black and white footage from the past. Hopefully you can all join us one day in Budapest to observe and study on site.

A day in the Pikler House

A day in the Pikler House

And without further ado, congratulations to our two winners:
Solanki, Tanvi from South Carolina
Amber Maree from New Zealand

And the back up winners, in case the recipients cannot attend, are as follows and the following order:

1. Ingrid Gonzalez
2. Erika Liang
3. Brenda Montes
4. Dawn Rouse

Since Dr. Emmi Pikler’s death in 1984, thousands of participants from around the globe have attended one-week trainings onsite at the Pikler® House (over 200 students per year). Thousands more have conducted observations at both the Pikler infant’s home and the Pikler® Daycare Center. Certified Pikler trainers also offer trainings in various countries.

The Pikler® approach – bringing up infants and young children with respect – continues to be practiced throughout the world by parents and professionals. Wherever Dr. Emmi Pikler’s approach is practiced, a significant improvement in the quality of life of infants and young children, and the adults who care for them, occurs.

Thanks to the dedicated efforts carried out by the different Pikler® Associations worldwide, Pikler’s principles are not only being applied in institutions, but also in family settings, as well as being studied and taught at the university level.


Our holiday gift to you – two full scholarships!

Dear friends and colleagues,
We wish you a holiday season filled with love, joy and peace!

In celebration of this holiday season and in gratitude to the Pikler House, the PLUSA Board of Trustees is giving away two full scholarships – 700 Euros each – for the basic level intensive in Budapest, Hungary: Self-initiated Motor Development. This intensive will take place at the Pikler® House, March 5-9, 2018 (5 days).

Drawing will take place on January 9 to commemorate Dr. Pikler’s birthday!

To participate in the drawing, please add your name to the list via our Facebook post, or by writing to (Does not include airfare, accommodations or meals.)

Thank you for your continuous support. We wish you and your family a very happy holiday season and a joyful new year.

With love,
The PLUSA Board of Trustees

Course details
March 5-9, 2018 (5 days)
Self-initiated Motor Development

The most well-known ideas of the early childhood pedagogical principles of Emmi Pikler are probably those about the infant’s self-initiated motor development. Her research and writings about the significance of free movement, its practical implementation and the necessary conditions are widespread and popular.

Dr. Emmi Pikler’s observations about the free movement of the infant open a new perspective in understanding not only the principles of motor development, but also it’s influence on the development of the young child’s personality.

Participants of the seminar can explore the intact, natural process of motor development, which can only be observed if we do not directly intervene in movement. Besides healthy motor development we also discuss slow development, gross motor equipment and the appropriate environment to support free movement.

Course outline
The significance of the transitional positions and movements
Research conducted in the Pikler® Institute
Why is it difficult for adults to accept the idea of free movement?
How does free movement alter the adult’s attitude, and how does the quality of life of the infant change?


PART II: Dr. Intisar Shareef’s Pikler Interview Series

“Adults’ perspectives after having grown up at Lóczy”

Ever wonder about the future of a child having grown up at the Pikler Institute? We hope you enjoy Judit Kelemen’s and Dr. Shareef’s beautiful conversation. Proof that the Pikler® approach transforms lives! 

Please enjoy PART II of our Pikler Interview Series with Dr. Shareef.

With love,

The PLUSA Board of Trustees

Thank you for making a difference!

Dear friends, colleagues, and donors,

It is because of you that we are able to share and spread the teachings of Dr. Emmi Pikler around the world.
Pikler proposed that being respectful with the young, stems from the simple idea of considering each child as a unique individual from the first moment of life. This idea is a corner stone of the Pikler® approach. It is thanks to you that love and presence are being communicated to babies and young children worldwide.
Thank you for making a difference in the lives of so many,

The PLUSA Board of Trustees

Thank you to Karen Spencer who received the Pikler/Lóczy USA Founders Award for such kind words. Read her blog post on Whole Child.