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An in-demand speaker, writer, teacher and infant-toddler consultant, Elsa Chahin has served as a keynote speaker and presenter at over seventy-five national and international conferences and seminars on the topic of caring for babies with respect.

One of only two certified and accredited Pikler trainers in North America, Ms. Chahin is currently president of the internationally renowned nonprofit corporation Pikler/Loczy USA.

A staunch advocate of early childhood education and development, Ms. Chahin, a working group leader for Word Forum Foundation, RIE associate, and PITC trainer, is that rare leader who not only brings passion and commitment to her work but a deep knowledge coupled with both insight and generosity.

Anna Tardos, child psychologist, has over sixty years of experience with early childhood education. Her work at the Pikler Institute includes research, pedagogical work, and management. She also speaks nationally and internationally about early childhood development, care, and education. In 1998, she became the director of the Pikler Institute, where she has continued to carry on the work of her mother, Dr. Emmi Pikler. She has published over sixty articles in five languages. Mrs. Tardos is also author, coauthor, and editor of many books and curricula. She is an honorary member of the French division of the International Professional Organization, World Association for Infant Mental Health and of the University of Liege. She continues to provide support to the Pikler Daycare Center and Pikler parent-child groups. As the president of the Hungarian Pikler Lóczy Association, she also teaches courses offered at Lóczy and abroad.