Teaching Pyramid Infant–Toddler Observation Scale (TPITOS™) for Infant–Toddler Classrooms Manual, Research Edition
Early Childhood
This manual describes scoring and implementation instructions for the TPITOS™.
52421 978-1-68125-242-1
2019 120
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A child's early teachers and caregivers play a vital role in supporting social-emotional development—and that's why more and more center-based infant and toddler programs are adopting the evidence-based Pyramid Model for Promoting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children. If your program is one of them, TPITOS™ is the essential tool you need to ensure that infant–toddler teachers are using the Pyramid Model practices with fidelity.

Modeled after the Teaching Pyramid Observation Tool (TPOT™) for Preschool Classrooms, TPITOS is for early childhood settings caring for infants and toddlers from birth to 3 years of age. Focusing on teacher practices and classroom environment variables, TPITOS measures how well your program's staff is fostering responsive, nurturing relationships with children and promoting strong social-emotional development in their earliest years.

In this comprehensive, reader-friendly manual, you'll
  • get a complete introduction to TPITOS and how to implement it
  • find out how to score TPITOS accurately and summarize the results
  • discover how to use TPITOS to support implementation of effective practices
  • learn how other programs used TPITOS through real-world case studies
  • get answers to frequently asked questions

Add TPITOS to your program to find out which Pyramid Model practices are being implemented effectively—and what teachers need to focus on to ensure positive social-emotional outcomes for infants and toddlers. Learn more about TPITOS

View our recorded webinar: Using the TPITOS™ presented by Kathryn M. Bigelow, Ph.D., and Dwight W. Irvin, Ph.D.

See more resources on supporting children's social-emotional competence with the Pyramid Model.

About the TPITOS Excel Scoring Spreadsheets
About the Authors

Chapter 1: Introduction to The Teaching Pyramid Infant-Toddler Observation Scale

Chapter 2: Overview of the Pyramid Model and The Teaching Pyramid Infant Toddler Observation Scale

Chapter 3: Using the Teaching Pyramid Infant-Toddler Observation Scale

Chapter 4: Teaching Pyramid Infant-Toddler Observation Scale Scoring Guidance

Chapter 5: Scoring the Teaching Pyramid Infant-Toddler Observation Scale and Summarizing Results

Chapter 6: Using the Teaching Pyramid Infant-Toddler Observation Scale to Support Implementation of Effective Practices: Case Studies


Appendix A: Key to TPITOS Items and Abbreviations

Appendix B: Indicators Which Can Be Scored "Not Applicable"

Appendix C: Indicators with Scoring Criteria Regarding Frequency of Observed Behavior

Related Readings and Resources
Frequently Asked Questions


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Elizabeth Steed, Ph.D., University of Colorado Denver; co-developer of Preschool-Wide Evaluation Tool™ (PreSET™) - July 24, 2018
"The TPITOS tool's focus on relationships, warmth, responsivity, and emotions is wonderful. It will help early childhood programs with infant and toddler classrooms to develop meaningful professional development for teachers to support our youngest children's social emotional development."