Meet Cara Day

A  message from Cara Day

My best and most favorite lifework is as a mother of five, now ages 8, 18, 20, 22, and 24.

Teaching began for me at age 4, with my dolls and willing friends. By age 10, the mother of a boy paid me $2 for teaching her son to read. In high school, I was pulled from class by the guidance counselors to speak to students in need, for impromptu peer coaching, such as with one boy who was ditching classes, and a girl with an unplanned pregnancy.

I started college at age 16, at San Diego State University. I’ll never forget the first day. Walking from my car by the old Peterson Gym to my very first college class, I said “Hi” to everyone I passed, yet no one said “hi” back! I stopped saying “hi” as I walked, but true to my nerd-dom, I loved every minute of college study, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as a Reading Specialist Credential.

After teaching elementary school for a few years and developing a program for families that caught the attention of the San Diego Council on Literacy, I moved out the classroom. The next 10 years were spent speaking and growing a private educational therapy and family coaching practice. Schools, churches, and literacy organizations invite me to speak to parents and teachers on topics relating to children and families.

Since 1996, my company, Day Prep, has been serving families and educators. Our team provides in-person services in San Diego, Seattle, and New York, and remotely without limitation. I’m up like toast every morning because I get to do what I love, training and supporting the Day Prep teaching team and serving as a family coach in private practice.

Learn more about Day Prep to see if our services are right for you and your family.


We address the whole child – as an individual, within a school community, and as a member of an important family – your family.


We offer action-oriented guidance for parents who want to identify their highest values, individually and as a family, and live in greater alignment with those values.


Our teachers provide 1-to-1 instruction for all subjects and all ages. After the initial intake and assessment, an individualized learning plan is created.


We offer private and small-group test prep instruction for all levels of the following tests: ISEE, SSAT, SAT, ACT, LSAT, and the GRE.