Day Prep has been serving children and families since 1996. We hire and train the brightest and the best. We cherish our students—and the transformations they achieve. Our passion? Reimagining education and employing our highly effective methods and skills for your family’s benefit.


A Message from Cara Day

My best and most favorite lifework is as a mother of five, now ages 13, 22, 24, 26, and 28.

Helping others 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 of 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. 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, graduating Summa Cum Laude with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, as well as a Reading Specialist Credential.

After teaching for a few years, I developed a program for families that caught the attention of the San Diego Council on Literacy. For a decade, I was a sought after speaker/trainer as I managed our growing private educational therapy and family coaching practice. During that time, I became a Certified Coach, and completed training for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Neuro-Linguistic Programming therapies. I am now finishing up my Ph.D. in Psychology, specializing in marriage, family, trauma, and addiction.

In 2008, Day Prep opened our first K – 12 private school which became WASC accredited in its very first year—a remarkable feat made possible by our exemplary team.

Being up like toast every morning is a result of getting to do what I love: Developing methods, schools, and programs that help all of us become more of who we were born to be. 

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

 ~ Cara Day

















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

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