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PICCOLO™ Provider Starter Kit

by Lori A Roggman, Gina A Cook, Mark S Innocenti and Vonda Jump Norman Brookes Publishing
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Kit 124 pages
AU$119.00 NZ$121.74
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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 included

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.

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
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


Review by: Natalia Barna, Infant Mental Health Therapist & Baby Power Facilitator, Lifespan Clinical Services
“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.”
Review by: Rachel Chazan Cohen,, Associate Professor, George Mason University
“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.”
Review by: Michaela Wooldridge, Clinical Supervisor, Sources Infant Development Programme
“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.”
Review by: Talley Dunn, Early Head Start Manager, Southern Oregon Early Head Start
“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.”
Dr. Roggman is Professor in the Department of Family, Consumer, &Human Development at Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services, Utah State University. Dr. Roggman's research focuses on parenting and children's early development. She has extensive experience in home visiting research, integrating theory-based inquiry with program evaluation, and training practitioners. She is a strong methodologist with expertise in observational data collection and longitudinal analysis and has authored several observation instruments used extensively by researchers and practitioners. She was principal investigator of a local research team for the national Early Head Start Research and Evaluation Project.

Dr. Cook is Research Scientist at the Center for Persons with Disabilities and Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Family, Consumer, and Human Development at Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services, Utah State University. Dr. Cook's work focuses on longitudinal developmental processes and supportive environments in homes, centers, and preschools related to children's school readiness, especially for groups at risk due to income level or disability. She has worked on the Early Head Start Research and Evaluation Project and has extensive experience as a program evaluator. She has been a Head Start teaching coach and an early intervention home visitor trainer.

Dr. Innocenti is Director of the Research and Evaluation Division at the Center for Persons with Disabilities and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services, Utah State University. Dr. Innocenti has over 30 years of experience working with infants and young children at-risk and with disabilities and their families in multiple research and model demonstration projects. Using an interdisciplinary model that recognizes the contribution of different disciplines and stakeholders, his research is conducted in and for communities. Recent projects focus on assessment and curriculum, home visiting effectiveness, and preschool intervention to prevent later special education.

Dr. Norman is Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services, Utah State University. Dr. Jump's research focuses on promoting optimal development of children experiencing high levels of stress, whether it be due to orphanage environments, poverty, or adverse life events. She is an engaging trainer who focuses on how empirical research applies to real-life situations for staff, teachers, home visitors, and parents. She is a Co-Investigator on the Cache County, Utah, National Children's Study, and actively collaborates with international partners to improve early development of young children.