Authors: Lori A. Roggman Ph.D., Gina A. Cook Ph.D., Mark S. Innocenti Ph.D., Vonda Jump Norman Ph.D., Katie Christiansen Ph.D.

Format: Gatefold, 4 pages, 8.5 x 11.0
Package of: 25
ISBN: 9781598573039
Price: $28.00

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PICCOLO at-a-glance


Parenting Interactions with Children: Checklist of Observations Linked to Outcomes (PICCOLO)

Where are parents' skills the strongest—and how can they be encouraged to better support young children's cognitive, social, and language development? Home visitors can find out in minutes with PICCOLO™, the quick, reliable observational tool designed to assess and monitor the quality of parent-child interactions. Developed for use with parents of children ages 10–47 months, PICCOLO measures 29 developmentally supportive parenting behaviors in 4 critical domains—Affection, Responsiveness, Encouragement, and Teaching. It's the best way to assess which parenting behaviors are working, develop individualized interventions that help parents improve, and track the positive outcomes of your parent support program.


  • Research-based—assesses parenting behaviors with direct, proven links to positive child outcomes
  • Quick, clear, and easy to use—takes just 10 minutes for parent-child observation
  • Highly reliable—based on 4,500 video observations of 2,000 diverse families
  • Training DVD includes 14 invaluable DVD clips of parent-child interactions to help you practice observing and scoring
  • Culturally sensitive and relevant
  • Ready to use anytime: at program entry, throughout the year, and at program exit
  • Helps you provide positive feedback to parents and plan intervention
  • Great way to monitor parent/child outcomes and program effectiveness
  • Spanish translation included

This package of forms includes 25 4-page forms.

This tool is part of the PICCOLO, a quick and reliable observation tool for measuring parent-child interactions.

View the recorded webinar: How PICCOLO™ Can Help You Work More Effectively with Parents of Young Children presented by Lori Roggman.

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Review by: Moira Rampton, In-Home Program Coordinator, Guadalupe School
"As users of the PICCOLO for the past seven years, we have come to rely on its effectiveness in offering our parents a way to view and evaluate their parenting techniques."
Review by: Linda Wollesen, Director, Life Skill Outcomes, LLC
"Weaves together a structure for grounded observations that suggest concrete ways to support positive parenting behaviors that are the foundation of who the child becomes. The PICCOLO captures the sweet sounds that are the essence of parenting."
Review by: David Belford, MSW, Program Planning Manager, University of New Mexico Center for Development & Disability
"A tool that is useful not only for observation, but also a wonderful way to engage parents that encourages their confidence and competence as parents."
Review by: Jennifer Cahill, and Parents/Family Support Specialists of MHCC Early Head Start Home Based Program
"The use of the PICCOLO has been an exciting step in our Early Head Start Home Based Program . . . Parents report that they have become more engaged with their children and have learned the importance of affection, teaching, responsiveness, and encouragement and the impact that positive interactions have on a child's development."

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