PICCOLO™ Provider Starter Kit
Early Childhood
This quick, reliable observational tool helps home visitors and early childhood professionals assess and monitor the quality of parent–child interactions.
73657 978-1-59857-365-7
2013 124
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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.

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


  • 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 available in User’s Guide

This Starter Kit includes the PICCOLO™ User's Guide and one package of PICCOLO™ forms

The PICCOLO is a quick, reliable observational tool designed to assess and monitor the quality of parent–child interactions. Learn more about the PICCOLO.

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PICCOLO User's Guide
About the Authors

  1. Understanding PICCOLO
    What is PICCOLO?
    PICCOLO Psychometric Properties
    Research Literature Evidence for the PICCOLO Domains

  2. Learning to Use PICCOLO
    PICCOLO Observation Notes
    Domain Summaries

  3. Using PICCOLO
    Doing PICCOLO Observations
    PICCOLO Reliability Criteria
    Using PICCOLO with Families
    Using PICCOLO with Children who are Older, Younger, or have Disabilities
    Using PICCOLO with Fathers (PICCOLO-D)

  4. Practitioner Questions about PICCOLO (FAQ)

  5. How Was PICCOLO Developed?
Appendix A. PICCOLO DVD video clip scores
Appendix B. PICCOLO in Spanish
Technical Report



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Talley Dunn, Early Head Start Manager, Southern Oregon Early Head Start - June 4, 2013
“PICCOLO is the tool we have needed in our programs serving parents and young children . . . helps us stay on course with the family as we are supporting them in strengthening interactions with their child.”
Natalia Barna, Infant Mental Health Therapist & Baby Power Facilitator, Lifespan Clinical Services - June 3, 2013
“Allows the clinician to hone in on a parent and child’s strengths and areas of need . . . truly serves to strengthen the therapeutic relationship and make families feel safe, so that positive change and growth can occur.”
Rachel Chazan Cohen,, Associate Professor, George Mason University - June 3, 2013
“Fills a critical need for an easy-to-administer and easy-to-score measure of parenting that requires minimal training to administer. It is invaluable for all early childhood programs that aim to improve the parent-child relationship.”
Michaela Wooldridge, Clinical Supervisor, Sources Infant Development Programme - June 3, 2013
“Will help practitioners to strengthen their observation skills so as to empower parents who may not understand how important they are in the day-to-day lives of their children.”