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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

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…

Excerpt from our recent newsletter: Diapering at Lóczy:“Inspiration not Replication” BY DEBORAH LAURIN, PH.D Candidate, University of Oklahoma-Tulsa

By Piklerusa | February 15, 2017

Villő, 28 months, waits at the gate that divides the play space from the eating area. For several minutes, she spins the wooden latch of…


By Piklerusa | February 8, 2017

“Playing, Activity, Thinking, Part I” By Éva Kálló and Eszter Mózes,  narrated by award winning journalist Victoria Looseleaf. World renowned experts Eszter Mózes, clinical child…

BASIC Level Pikler® Course in English for 2017 in Budapest, Hungary

By Piklerusa | January 27, 2017

May 22-26, 2017 (5 days) Respectful Care and the Relationship with the Adult During the course, we will discuss the importance of attentive and respectful…

January, 2017 PLUSA Newsletter

By Piklerusa | January 17, 2017

On behalf of PLUSA we would like to thank all of our contributors to our current Pikler® newsletter and for your interest in the Pikler®…

In honorable remembrance of Klara Pap

By Piklerusa | January 3, 2017

Our Pikler Family is mourning the loss of beloved illustrator, colleague and friend, Klara Pap. Klara Pap was the recipient of the 2016 Emmi Pikler…

Wishing you the very best this season

By Piklerusa | December 24, 2016

  Thank you for being part of our Pikler family and for sharing our mission of caring for babies with respect. Together we can make our world…

“One has only to ask and the child will cooperate.” Dr. Emmi Pikler

By Piklerusa | December 20, 2016


By Piklerusa | November 25, 2016

Caring for babies with respect is our most important mission. Together, we can make a difference! Thousands around the globe have been applying Dr. Pikler’s…

Two locations in United States for Pikler® Training – Charleston, South Carolina and Tulsa, Oklahoma

By Piklerusa | October 14, 2016

Wednesday, February 8 – Friday, Feburary 10, 2017 9:00 am – 5:00 pm – 3 Day Intensive, Charleston, South Carolina Saturday (optional) 7:00pm – 11:00pm…

ADVANCED Pikler® Courses in English for 2017

By Piklerusa | October 6, 2016

Courses will be held at Lóczy Lajos #3, Budapest, Hungary, H-1022. These two courses are for professionals who have already participated in the two-weeklong 1st…

5th International Infant and Toddler Conference A World of Possibilities: It All Starts Here, April 6 – 8, 2017

By Piklerusa | September 28, 2016

 (Pre-Conference April 5, 2017)
Downtown Doubletree Hotel, Tulsa, Oklahoma
For more information or to register for the conference visit: Peter Mangione, Advisory Board member of Pikler…


"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