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Third Annual Pikler® USA Conference: The Shared Experience of Observation 

Steven Rhodes | Chair
Laura Willhoite | Co-Chair
Gabrielle Anwar | Moderator

Observation is a key element to improve children’s well-being. PLUSA’s 2019 Conference will focus on the praxis of Piklerian observation of infants and toddlers. Following up on the Pikler International Symposium, a distinguished group of Lóczy and global scholar-practitioners will share with participants state-of-the-art research findings and practical strategies to conduct observations.

“Piklerian observation may be considered a type of care, and more precisely, an overarching care strategy carried out in a spirit of openness with respect to the individual infant or toddler. It enables the observer to be attentive to the child and their current stage of development, taking into account what they are expressing and 'adjusting to' accordingly, to meet their individual needs. This kind of observation radically changes the role and attitude of the professional or parent towards the child.” –Pikler International Symposium, Budapest, April 2018

For the first time outside of Budapest, Hungary, four Pikler® experts, joined by Dr. Peter Mangione, and Professor Oleg Palmov, will be presenting at the Pikler/Lóczy USA conference in Los Angeles on October 26, 2019.

The conference presents a unique opportunity for those who have followed and admire the work of the Pikler® House to gain in-depth knowledge about a key element of her approach. Presenters span several generations of Dr. Emmi Pikler’s colleagues and their work reflects many aspects of the work that has happened there over seven decades.

The stellar instructional team ranges from a hands-on caregiver and the current director of the Lóczy Foundation for Children (who also focuses on psychological research) to the lead pedagogue at the Emmi Pikler daycare center and the long-time head of pediatric care at Lóczy. The conference will be a unique opportunity to see how the connection can be as individualistic as it is universal.

Janet Gonzalez Mena to receive 2019 Pikler USA Founders Award at our annual conference! 

Janet Gonzalez Mena

Pikler USA is thrilled to announce this year's recipient of the Pikler/Lóczy USA Founders Award – Janet Gonzalez Mena.Janet is a member of the Pikler/Lóczy USA Board, and she's been working in early childhood development since 1966. Janet is the author of 13 books related to early childhood, including the seminal textbook "Infants, Toddlers, and Caregivers" (co-author Dianne Widmeyer Eyer), a well-known textbook used throughout the country, and internationally, in college and university child development programs.

Janet is a tireless champion for respectful caregiving and for strengthening early childhood programs. She has worked closely with a number of other childcare experts, including Anna Tardos, and has taught many adults at the college level, as a Head Start trainer, and in numerous seminars and trainings. She has traveled to Budapest many times to study the work of Dr. Emmi Pikler at the Pikler Institute.

Her advocacy has rippled throughout the lives of the adults she has touched and, because of this work, the lives of countless children are no doubt better because of Janet's influence.

Please join us at our third-annual conference in October where we will be honoring and celebrating Janet. Register for the conference NOW to ensure your spot because we WILL have another sell-out year!

Time and location information:

Saturday, October 26, 2019, 9:00 am–4:00 pm

(Registrations open at 8:15 am)
Pepperdine University Graduate Campus
6100 Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045
West LA Campus

Driving directions, parking instructions & map
Hotels, entertainment and transportation

To register and pay with Pay Pal or credit card.

Early bird before June 1, 2019 –  $200
Regular price – $250
Breakfast and lunch are included

Cancellation policy: Once enrolled, your registration fee will be forfeited if a cancellation occurs thirty days prior to the start of the event (September 26).  If a cancellation occurs from August 26 to September 25, you will receive 50% refund. If your cancellation occurs before August 25, you will be entitled to a 75% refund. All cancellations must be submitted in writing to Elsa Chahin at

Watch a three-minute clip from our 2017 conference

Judit Kelemen
Szilvia Papp, RN
Peter L. Mangione, PhD
Eszter Mózes, PhD
Oleg Palmov, PhD
Gabriella Püspöky, MD
Elsa Chahin
Alex Kajtar (Translator)

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