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

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The Parenting Interactions with Children: Checklist of Observations Linked to Outcomes (PICCOLO™) is a checklist of 29 observable developmentally supportive parenting behaviors in four domains (affection, responsiveness, encouragement, and teaching). It is a positive, practical, versatile, culturally sensitive, valid, and reliable tool for practitioners that shows what parents can do to support their children’s development.

PICCOLO helps practitioners observe a wide range of parenting behaviors that help children develop over time—an approach known as developmental parenting. Parenting strengths—what the parent already believes is important to do and is comfortable doing with his or her child—are a valuable resource for increasing the developmental support available to young children.


  • assess positive parenting behaviors that predict good child outcomes
  • guide individualized positive parenting interventions with families
  • track positive parenting outcomes of a parenting support program


After completing this training, participants will be able to use the PICCOLO assessment tool to:

  • Identify positive interactions between caregivers and children
  • Connect positive interactions to positive child development, socio-emotional growth, and school readiness skills
  • Communicate with parents about their strengths and ways to build on successes


Gina Cook

Dr. Gina Cook

Member of the Collaborative for Understanding the Pedagogy of Infant/Toddler Development (CUPID)