Frequently Asked Questions


How is “I Care” different from other Parent Involvement Character Programs?

  • Gets parents involved in the teaching of character traits at home at the same time the character traits are being taught at school and in the community
  • Has the one-and-only parent involvement measuring system that tracks and measures positive parent-child interactions at home
  • Enables teachers, through its monthly parent feedback process, to link students’ life experiences to classroom lessons

Is “I Care” research-based?

All the “I Care” Curriculum Components were developed from the most recent research on parental involvement, character development, and community involvement. “I Care” focuses on the research confirming that parent involvement:

  • At home in their children’s education improves student achievement.
  • Benefits are not limited to early childhood or the elementary level; there are continuing positive effects through high school.
  • Most effective when it is comprehensive, supportive, long-lasting, and well-planned.

How does “I Care” define parental involvement?

“I Care” defines parental involvement as the number of positive interactions occurring between the parents, or a caring adult, and the child.

Is there proof that “I Care” improves student achievement?

  • A recent independents research study found that students participating in “I Care” for 2 years or more had higher test scores than the control group.
  • Implementation school principals report increases in test scores and decreases in office referrals.
  • Some of the most powerful “I Care” Success Stories and anecdotal observations have come from parents, teachers, & community stakeholders.
  • Several “I Care” Schools have been recognized at the state level in Louisiana, Georgia, and California for higher student achievement after implementing “I Care.”

Does “I Care” align with Common Core State Standards?

The current “I Care” Character-Building Parenting Activities and “I Care” Teacher Lesson Plans are aligned with subject area state standards. We are moving forward now with the alignment of the “I Care” Character-Building Parenting Activities and “I Care” Teacher Lesson Plans with the new Common Core State Standards. The updates will be made available to customers using the Online “I Care” Curricula as soon as they are made.

What demographical groups are “I Care” best suited for?

The “I Care” Positive Parenting Character Curriculum is suited for all demographical groups; however, it has been used mostly in Title I schools because they have funds allocated to purchase parental involvement character education materials.

And, according to the research, children from low-income and culturally and racially diverse families have the most to gain when schools involve parents.

Where has “I Care” been used?

“I Care” has been implemented in schools in 37 states, Canada, and Puerto Rico over the last 17 years. A list of specific schools and districts can be found here.

What are the “I Care” Curriculum Components?

  • Character-Building Parenting Activities
  • Teacher Lesson Plans
  • Mastery of Character Trait Activities
  • Character Bulletin Board Messages
  • Independent Student Study Activities (Middle & High School Students Only)
  • Training Presentations for Parents, Teachers, Community Partners, & Students
  • Implementation Helpers & Certificates

How much teacher time does it take to implement “I Care” each month?

This monthly “I Care” Implementation Process should take a teacher, on average, less than two hours each month. This is not additional time and work. It is highly recommended that the teaching of character be scheduled and integrated into the core curriculum of the school and district.

Teachers distribute character-building parenting activities, teach the character trait of the month, assess mastery of the monthly character traits, and input parent feedback data into the Online “I Care” Measuring System each month.

What grades can the “I Care” Curriculum be used in?

“I Care” Curricula are implemented successfully in grades Pre-K through 12th. There is also an “I Care” Toddler Curriculum for 2- to 4-year-olds.

What is the role of parent support resources?

Parent support resources provide leadership for the implementation of “I Care,” which includes training school administrators, teachers, staff, and parents; supporting teachers in the teaching of the monthly character traits; supporting teachers in the inputting of monthly data; following up with parents who do not return Feedback Forms; mentoring students; posting monthly data; leading results celebrations; and making parent involvement and character education important and fun!

What type of implementation support does the “I Care” Company provide?

  • Customized Onsite Training
  • Train-the-Trainer Conferences (Two Annually)
  • Frequent Email Implementation Updates
  • Measuring System Technical Assistance
  • Newsletters & Parent Involvement Network
  • Incentive Programs
  • Delightful Customer Service

How much does “I Care” cost?

The Online “I Care” Positive Parenting Character Curriculum is accessible online for grades Pre-K through 12th. The annual Site License Fee is priced per student each year, based on the total number of students. And for Year 1, the fee includes the online curriculum materials and the online “I Care” Parental Involvement Measuring System. For Year 2 and beyond, the annual fee is for continued access to the measuring system and curriculum files, including continuous updates.

The grade-level monthly curriculum components:

  • Character-Building Parenting Activities
  • Teacher Lesson Plans
  • Mastery of Character Trait Activities
  • Character Bulletin Board Messages
  • Independent Student Study Activities (Middle & High School Students Only)
  • Training Presentations for Parents, Teachers, Community Partner, & Students
  • Implementation Helpers & Certificates
 

Site Licenses & Online CurriculumFees

Level

Number of Students/
Licenses

Start-Up Fee (1st Year) per Student/
License

Annual Fee (After 1st Year) Price per Student/
License

1

25-749

$6.95

$1.50

2

750-1499

$6.49

$1.25

3

1500-2499

$5.95

$1.00

4

2500-4999

$5.49

$0.75

5

5000 or more

$4.95

$0.50

     

Classroom Implementation Kit—$49.95 Each

  • School Implementation Manual
  • 30 Parent Training Pamphlets
  • 100 “I Care” Grams
  • Two Teacher Notepads
  • 30 “I Care” Pencils
  • “I Care” Mouse Pad


12 Grade-Level Books—$64.95 Per Set
(Set for each grade level)

One book reinforces each month’s character trait.


 

On-Site Implementation Training

“I Care” On-Site Implementation Training is customized to meet needs and time limitations of customers. $2,000/Day plus Travel & Lodging


Certification Conferences

Two 20-hour “I Care” Parental Involvement Certification Conferences are held annually in June and December in various locations. 40 hours of training are required to become a Certified “I Care” Facilitator. $795 per attendee per conference.

     

School Character Poster Set—$59.95 Per Set
(Elementary, Middle, or High)

13 laminated posters (18" x 24")

 
 

When is the best time to implement “I Care”?

“I Care” can be implemented at any time. However, most schools implement at the beginning of the school term or at the beginning of the calendar year.

What are Online “I Care” Curricula & what are the advantages?

Online “I Care” Curricula are made available to you online. The curriculum components are printable. The advantages are:

  • Implementation materials are more convenient & accessible.
  • Allows for continuous improvement updates.
  • Makes curricula more affordable & eliminates shipping & handling costs for curriculum materials.

How will you know if “I Care” is making a difference?

“I Care” has the one-and-only parental involvement measuring system that tracks and measures the impact of the positive activities parents are doing with their children at home. You will be able to correlate the “I Care” Parental Involvement Measures to student achievement, both academically and behaviorally.

Who inputs data into the Online Measuring System?

It is highly recommended that teachers input the data. However, in many schools, the data is entered by parent support resources or some other designated resource.

How do we get parents to return Feedback Forms?

The short answer is: Make it important to students and parents. Ensure that students and parents are trained on the curriculum and share the expectation that character education and parental involvement are core to the curriculum of the school. An additional list of tactics to get Feedback Forms returned is available on pages 56 & 57 in the “I Care” School Implementation Manual.

What actions do you take if parents do not desire to participate?

An opt-out process and form have been developed for parents who do not desire to participate. However, the process is designed to help parents clearly understand what “I Care” is all about and to insure they make an informed decision.

How do we get community partners involved in “I Care”?

Parents are given the responsibility to get organizations that their children are associated with outside of school involved in the teaching of character traits at the same time they are being taught at school. Parent involvement resources are responsible for training and on-boarding community partners.


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