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Peace begins with babies.®

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Dr. Emmi Pikler

Dr. Emmi Pikler, (1902-1984) was a Hungarian pediatrician, author and lecturer known for her revolutionary approach to infant and child care. In 1946 she founded a residential nursery in Budapest, Hungary, the Pikler® Institute, where the focus was to preserve the competence, autonomy and integrity of the young child, ages 0 to six years. Since Pikler’s death, thousands of participants from around the world attend trainings onsite at the Institute, which ceased operating in 2011, but was established as the Pikler® Daycare Center in 2006 and continues its mission to conserve the practical applications of the Pikler® pedagogy – to bring up infants and young children with respect. In addition, there are a number of Pikler associations worldwide, including throughout Europe, in Asia,  and North and South America, where certified Pikler® trainers lead workshops in this groundbreaking pedagogy.

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.

Emmi Pikler
Pikler/Lóczy USA is the only organization in the USA authorized to teach the Pikler® Pedagogy. Our Vision: We envision a world where all children are cared for with respect. We are a not for profit 501(c)3. 
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Recent post and webinars

Webinar gratis en español – No estás solo

By Piklerusa | March 26, 2020

Wach the recording on Facebook Las escuelas y los centros de cuidado están cerrados por un período de tiempo desconocido. Nuestra realidad familiar cambió de…

Zoom webinar March 26, Pia Doegl, Vicky Chen, and Elsa Chahin “You Are Not Alone”

By Piklerusa | March 25, 2020

Watch our recording on Facebook Schools and care centers are closed for an unknown length of time. The new family reality changes from one day…

Creating an Atmosphere of Joy

By Piklerusa | February 19, 2020

Instructional Certification Program with Ute Strub and Elsa Chahin

Engaging with Infants and Toddlers through Respectful and Peaceful Care

By Piklerusa | January 29, 2020

In response to the global pandemic and evolving situation of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and in consideration of the health and safety of participants, we have…

By Piklerusa | October 11, 2019

ONLY A FEW SPOTS LEFT FOR OUR UPCOMING PIKLER® CONFERENCE Saturday, October 26, 2019 9:00 am 4:30 pm Los Angeles – Don’t Miss This Rare…

By Piklerusa | August 9, 2019

Building Harmony Beyond The Classroom A unique event for parents and educators showing how the Pikler Pedagogy can be implemented in a home setting Wine…

By Piklerusa | July 2, 2019

Janet Gonzalez Mena to receive 2019 Pikler USA Founders Award at our annual conference!  Pikler USA is thrilled to announce this year’s recipient of the…

Three opportunities to learn about the Pikler® Approach! Los Angeles, CA, October 2019

By Piklerusa | April 30, 2019

Pepperdine University Graduate Campus, 6100 Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045 | West LA Campus Self-Initiated Motor Development led by Hungarian faculty Dr. Gabriella Püspöki,…

Three extraordinary five-day workshops with Pikler® experts – Los Angeles, California, 2019

By Piklerusa | February 26, 2019

5-day retreat.OPEN TO ALL – Discover new ways of being with yourself and with children through playful experiments guided by Ute Strub, assisted by Elsa…

Join us in Macao, China for the World Forum on Early Care and Education

By Piklerusa | December 17, 2018

As a member of the World Forum™ Alliance, Pikler® USA is pleased to invite you to join us at the World Forum on Early Care…

Engaging with Infants and Toddlers through Respectful and Peaceful Care

By Piklerusa | November 1, 2018

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…

Congratulations to Bonnie Neugebauer, Co-Founder of World Forum Foundation

By Piklerusa | October 18, 2018

Bonnie pictured with the Pikler USA Board of Trustees, advisors and presenters: Brooke Frenkel, Professor Octavio Pescador, Ph.D., Gabrielle Anwar, Larissa Nielson J.D., Bonnie Neugebauer…


"Reflections from a board member on Pikler Intensive Workshop April 13-18, 2015 Arriving on Sunday afternoon I walked into the pre-conference workshop to see all the participants deeply engaged with Bev, Janet, Intisar and Elsa. All seemed so appreciative of the time they had spent over the weekend and eager to learn more."

- Enid Elliot PhD, Chair of Education Committee Pikler USA

"I have had the pleasure of being able to attend all four of the previous Pikler® Intensives that have been held in the United States. I cannot even begin to describe how truly remarkable these trainings are. I am a lifelong learner, and as such, I attend a lot of conferences and trainings."

- Colleen Walling, Caregiver

“The nine days I spent at the Advanced Pikler® Intensive were life-changing! Though I’ve always had a love and respect for children, I gained a new way of seeing them. I learned how to notice, observe and enjoy each child’s unique rhythm. I learned about ‘Why movement is critical to brain development. And much, much more"

- Tracy Epps Johnson, Ph.D.

“It is mystery to me how love can continue to grow. My two granddaughters are testimony to the fact that our capacity to love others is boundless. Both their fathers are my adopted sons and it amazes me that their offspring look just like them. What a blessing for them to finally “see themselves” in the flesh. Pikler® has been extremely important to me as I have learned how to hold my children and to let them go simultaneously.

The balance we all seek is not just physical but also emotional and spiritual. The wisdom of Dr. Pikler and Dr. Tardos has been a healing power in my life. I am eternally grateful to both of them.”

- Executive Board Member, Dr. Intisar Shareef