Day Prep has been serving children and families since 1996. We hire the best and the brightest. Our passion? Reimagining education and employing our highly effective methods and skills for your family’s growth and joy.

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. That was a life-changing moment. In high school, I was twice pulled from class by the guidance counselor to speak with other students–a boy who was skipping 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, but no one said “Hi” back! My greetings stopped, 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 for my master’s degree that caught the attention of the San Diego Council on Literacy. For a decade, I became a sought after trainer and speaker, while growing a private educational therapy and family coaching practice. I became a Certified Coach, and completed training for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Neuro-Language Processing therapies. Currently, I am completing my Ph.D. in Psychology, specializing in marriage, family, trauma, and addiction.

In 2009, Day Prep’s private school was granted Western Association of Schools and Colleges (W.A.S.C.) accreditation in its first year—the work of an extraordinary team.

Since 1996, Day Prep has been serving children and families. Our team provides in-person and remote 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 our families.

We invite you to explore and learn more about our services—transformative, irresistible, and captivating learning for your children and family.

~Cara Day


cara day's family helps with training and coaching