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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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Recent post and webinars

A tribute to Laura Briley, founder of Pikler/Lóczy USA

By Piklerusa | September 6, 2017

LAURA BRILEY (3/19/1948 – 9/5/2013) “You can do it. Do it for the babies. It is ALL about the babies. . .” – Laura Briley…

¡EN ESPAÑOL! Taller introductorio de tres días a la Pedagogía Pikler®

By Piklerusa | September 3, 2017

3-day Pikler® Introductory Workshop in Spanish Octubre/October 4-6, 2017, Los Angeles, CA Cómo Interactuar Con Bebés Y Niños Pequeños En Un Entorno De Cuidado Respetuoso…

SOLD OUT! Advance Level Pikler® Training, October 23-27

By Piklerusa | September 1, 2017

In Peace with Oneself – In Peace with Others The beginning of social learning Faculty: Zsuzsa Libertiny, Jutka Hafner and Elsa Chahin Advance Level Pikler®…


By Piklerusa | August 28, 2017

Engaging with Infants and Toddlers through Respectful and Peaceful Care 3-day Pikler® Introductory Workshop, October 18-20, Los Angeles, CA This 3-day workshop will use a…

Meet the faculty for our three-day Intro to the Pikler® Pedagogy

By Piklerusa | August 18, 2017

  Class Overview Children move, explore, wonder, play and learn with their whole being, their minds, bodies and hearts. Adults can support this learning with…

New Pikler Production: Initiative, Cooperation, and Reciprocity

By Piklerusa | August 1, 2017

NEW PIKLER PRODUCTION OF: Initiative, Cooperation, and Reciprocity by Éva Kálló and Julianna Vámos, narrated by award winning journalist Victoria Looseleaf. We are delighted to…

Where Pikler meets Neuroscience – Pikler® Conference, October 28, 2017

By Piklerusa | July 18, 2017

Honoring Karen, Countess Spencer, recipient Of Pikler/Lóczy USA Founders Award The developing brain thrives when an infant is nurtured in a predictable, loving relationship. We…

Congratulations to Katalin Hevesi and Agnes Szanto Ph.D

By Piklerusa | July 10, 2017

Recipients of the 2017 Emmi Pikler Award Merci Agi, köszönöm Kati, you have transformed the lives of thousands of children, and for this we are…

Advance Level Pikler® Training, October 23-27, 2017, Los Angeles, CA

By Piklerusa | April 28, 2017

In Peace with Oneself – In Peace with Others, The beginning of social learning Faculty: Zsuzsa Libertiny, Jutka Hafner and Elsa Chahin Class Overview In…

3-day Pikler® Introductory Workshop, October 18-20, 2017, Los Angeles, CA

By Piklerusa | April 28, 2017

Engaging with Infants and Toddlers through Respectful and Peaceful Care Class Overview Children move, explore, wonder, play and learn with their whole being, their minds,…

3-Day Introduction to the Pikler® Pedagogy – Tulsa, Oklahoma, US

By Piklerusa | March 13, 2017

3-Day Introduction to the Pikler® Pedagogy – Tulsa, Oklahoma, US Participants will:  Explore the Pikler philosophy through lecture, video, discussion, and planned experiences. Identify and…

Wecome to our newest board member, Gabrielle Anwar

By Piklerusa | February 16, 2017

Born in Berkshire, England, the endearing and accomplished Gabrielle Anwar has over 45 film and television performances to her credit in both Europe and the…


"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