Meet Cara Day

A  message from Cara Day

My best and most favorite lifework is as a mother of five, now ages 10, 19, 21, 23, and 25.

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. The next 10 years were spent speaking and growing a private educational therapy and family coaching practice. Since 2008, my lifework shifted to coaching. I became a Certified Coach, and completed required training for CBT, DBT, and NLP therapies. Currently, I am completing my Ph.D. in Psychology with specialization in marriage, family, trauma, and addiction.

Day Prep, which focuses on educational therapy, tutoring, test prep, executive functioning and academic coaching, is headed by Bethany Baptiste, Director and Lead Practitioner.

Since 1996, Day Prep has been serving families and educators. Our team provides in-person services without geographic limitation. We hire and train the brightest and the best so our families know they are receiving the most skilled and professional services.

Being up like toast every morning is a result of getting to do what I love: supporting the Day Prep team and serving as coach in private practice. I also offer Coaching Retreats for individuals, couples, families, and teams. This is a very special part of my 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.

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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.

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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.

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