Frequently Asked Questions
What is ARK for Parents (and Caregivers)?
ARK for Parents (and Caregivers) is a ground-breaking parenting series that helps parents build better relationships with their children. Course 1 is eight weeks, and Courses II, III, and IV are each six weeks long. The Courses give parents practical, easy-to-use techniques and support in order to raise happier children. Individual parents are able to use the ARK for Parents (and Caregivers) on their own or parents can start an ARK group, using the small-group, peer-mentoring format to gain even more benefits from the program. You can start an ARK group with other parents in your community, your child's school, or your church. Whether you do ARK on your own or in a small group, you begin by ordering ARK for Parents (and Caregivers) from the online store.
Who can benefit from ARK for Parents (and Caregivers)?
Anyone who works with children can benefit from the ARK approach. ARK shows parents and other caregivers how to show unconditional love to children while encouraging responsibility. It makes great parents even better, and helps struggling families to develop new parenting behaviors.
What is the ARK for Parents (and Caregivers) philosophy?
ARK for Parents (and Caregivers) is predicated on research that explains that a child's self-esteem is not based upon trophies and awards. A positive self-concept in a child is created through the nurture and unconditional love of caring adults—especially parents.
ARK for Parents (and Caregivers) teaches adults how to discipline behavior while affirming the worth of the child. As a result, young people are encouraged to learn from their mistakes and to take greater responsibility for their future behavior.
How is ARK for Parents (and Caregivers) different from other parenting programs?
Some parenting programs provide valuable information—dealing with subjects such as children's stages of physical or intellectual development. Others provide answers to specific questions regarding how to handle behavior issues. ARK for Parents (and Caregivers) is different in that it provides a "process" for parenting children. ARK does not give you canned replies or responses because we know that every situation is different. Instead, parents are given opportunities to meet in a small group setting to peer-mentor and problem-solve parenting situations.
Another unique feature about ARK for Parents (and Caregivers) is that ARK groups requires no outside preparation upon the part of a leader or Facilitator. All lesson materials are on video.
ARK is research-based and has received a "Texas Governor's Award for Excellence in Programming."
Is ARK for Parents (and Caregivers) for groups or for individual study?
You gain the most benefit from ARK by joining or starting an ARK group that meets weekly and supports one another. If this is not an option, individual parents are able to use the ARK materials on their own, going through the process at their own pace as they incorporate ARK concepts and skills into their parenting practices.
The three study options are:
- The "Personal Journey" Option
The ARK for Parents (and Caregivers) Manual can be used and enjoyed (with or without the Lesson videos) to facilitate an exciting, meaningful personal journey for individual parents.
- The "Group-Study" Option
Your class can watch each of the Lessons on video and then discuss it (discussion questions are provided in the book). After the class session, participants are encouraged to read the Lesson in their books and apply it through the "Points to Ponder" and the workbook pages.
- The "Group-Process" Option
If your group desires to expand their discussion of the concepts and materials by employing peer-mentoring techniques, we have developed a specially-designed process that requires an ARK-trained facilitator. A Facilitator's Kit—complete with a the ARK for Parents (and Caregivers Manual, a Facilitator's Guide with an accompanying video, and Lesson videos—can be ordered through our online store. To maximize the "group process" option, having a member of your organization attend one of our Facilitator trainings is recommended. For further information, contact us at at 888-ARK-8922 (888-275-0744), or email the ARK Group to order materials or to enquire about Facilitator trainings.
Is the programming for adults or for children?
ARK for Parents (and Caregivers) is for adults that want to improve their relationships with their children. We also have ARK for Teens and ARK for Kids that are wonderful series geared toward youth. Click on the links to learn more about ARK for Kids or ARK for Teens.
Is ARK for Parents (and Caregivers) available in other languages?
ARK for Parents (and Caregivers) manuals and DVDs are available in both English and Spanish.
Is ARK for Parents (and Caregivers) a secular or a religious parenting program?
There are two options for ARK's parenting series: ARK for Parents (and Caregivers), which is a non-religious, secular version and ARK for Christian Parents, which is biblically based and geared towards a faith-based parenting model.
Are there studies on the effectiveness of ARK for Parents (and Caregivers)?
Yes. One example is the University of North Texas study: "The Impact of the ARK Program for Parents on Preschool Children's Behaviors."
How can I find out more about ARK for Parents (and Caregivers)?
Contact us at 888-ARK-8922 (888-275-0744), or email the ARK Group to discuss the ARK process and resources.