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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.

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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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Our holiday gift to you – two full scholarships!

By Piklerusa | December 23, 2017

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…

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

By Piklerusa | December 5, 2017

“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…

Thank you for making a difference!

By Piklerusa | November 23, 2017

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…

PART ONE: Dr. Intisar Shareef’s Pikler Interview Series, “Embracing the Pikler Approach”

By Piklerusa | November 20, 2017

Dear friends of PLUSA, Dr. Intisar Shareef left us many gifts. Here is one of them. Hope you enjoy Part I of her Pikler® interview…

In Loving Remembrance of Dr. Intisar Shareef

By Piklerusa | November 7, 2017

Today we celebrate the life of Dr. Intisar Shareef, social justice advocate, humanitarian, and Trustee of Pikler/Lóczy USA. October 29, 1946 – November 4, 2017…

Congratulations to Karen Spencer for being named one of 25 influential women by People Magazine

By Piklerusa | November 3, 2017

Congratulations to Karen, Countess Spencer, recipient of our first Pikler/Lóczy USA Founders Award for being named by People Magazine among the 25 most influential women of the…

Only a few spots left for Where Pikler meets Neuroscience, October 28, 2017

By Piklerusa | October 13, 2017

The developing brain thrives when an infant is nurtured in a predictable, loving relationship. We will explore how the Pikler® approach creates caring human connections…

Honoring Dr. Tony Curtis, First Contributor to Pikler/Lóczy USA

By Piklerusa | September 29, 2017

Today, September 29, we honor Dr. Tony Curtis on the anniversary of his passing. Dr. Curtis was our first contributor to Pikler/Lóczy USA, He reached…

Meet Larissa Neilson J.D., our new board member

By Piklerusa | September 26, 2017

It is with great joy that we welcome Dr. Larissa Neilson to the Pikler/Lóczy USA Board of Trustees. Born in Lima, Peru, Dr. Neilson is…

You asked for it, you got it! Early Bird extended.

By Piklerusa | September 20, 2017

The Early Bird registration for Where Pikler® meets Neuroscience has been extended through September 30! Honoring Karen, Countess Spencer, Recipient of Pikler®/Lóczy USA Founders Award…


By Piklerusa | September 11, 2017

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By Piklerusa | September 7, 2017

Honoring Karen, Countess Spencer, Recipient of Pikler®/Lóczy USA Founders Award Where Pikler® meets Neuroscience – Pikler Conference, October 28, 2017 The developing brain thrives when…


"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