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Well-being for the Children of the World.®

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.

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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

Thank you, Community Playthings, for supporting Pikler USA

By Piklerusa | September 13, 2018

Community Playthings, a maker of high-quality wooden toys and furniture for children, has been supporting Pikler USA every year for over twenty years. Over the…

Meet the newest members of Pikler/Lóczy USA

By Piklerusa | July 15, 2018

It is with great joy that we welcome our newest members of Pikler/Lóczy USA. As an all-volunteer organization we are grateful for their time and…

SOLD OUT! Pikler Conference, July 21

By Piklerusa | July 13, 2018

How Play Relates to Cognition: Where Pikler® Meets Neuroscience – Pikler® Conference, July 21 Honoring Bonnie Neugebauer, Recipient of Pikler/Lóczy USA Founders Award Open to…

Because you asked: Early bird extended! Thank you Etonkids for the sponsorship!

By Piklerusa | June 7, 2018

How Play Relates to Cognition: Where Pikler® Meets Neuroscience – Pikler® Conference, July 21 Honoring Bonnie Neugebauer, Recipient of Pikler/Lóczy USA Founders Award Early bird…

Early Bird registration ends soon for Pikler Pedagogue accredited Intensives and conference!

By Piklerusa | May 9, 2018

How Play Relates to Cognition: Where Pikler® Meets Neuroscience – Pikler® Conference, July 21 Honoring Bonnie Neugebauer, Recipient of Pikler/Lóczy USA Founders Award Early bird…

Pikler Conference July 21, 2018: How Play Relates to Cognition – Where Pikler® Meets Neuroscience

By Piklerusa | March 14, 2018

Honoring Bonnie Neugebauer, Recipient of Pikler/Lóczy USA Founders Award *Open to all At this conference you will have an opportunity to learn how play impacts…

Pikler Conference July 21, 2018: How Play Relates to Cognition – Where Pikler® Meets Neuroscience

By Piklerusa | March 12, 2018

Honoring Bonnie Neugebauer, Recipient of Pikler/Lóczy USA Founders Award *Open to all At this conference you will have an opportunity to learn how play impacts…

Faculty of the Pikler® Pedagogue accredited Intensive – Respectful Care and The Relationship with the Adult

By Piklerusa | March 6, 2018

WEEK TWO Respectful Care and The Relationship with the Adult July 23-27, Los Angeles, CA This intensive provides credit toward certification as a Pikler® Pedagogue.…

Meet the faculty of the upcoming Pikler® Pedagogue accredited Intensive – The Autonomous Play Activity

By Piklerusa | March 5, 2018

WEEK ONE The Autonomous Play Activity July 16-20, Los Angeles, CA This intensive provides credit toward certification as a Pikler® Pedagogue. Autonomous play activity delves…

Meet the faculty of the upcoming Pikler® Pedagogue accredited Intensives

By Piklerusa | March 3, 2018

WEEK ONE The Autonomous Play Activity July 16-20, Los Angeles, CA This intensive provides credit toward certification as a Pikler® Pedagogue. Autonomous play activity delves…

Two extraordinary opportunities for Pikler® Pedagogue accredited Intensives

By Piklerusa | February 5, 2018

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.…

Happy Birthday Dr. Pikler – Scholarship Winners!

By Piklerusa | January 10, 2018

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…

Testimonials


"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