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“Here are my ‘whys’ . . . 

  • Guaranteed school year for 2020-2021
  • Small group learning pods with intentional pursuit of the child’s individual needs (focus on character, behavioral and academic development for the student )
  • Unique opportunities for siblings to come together and learn in the same setting/classroom/pod

Thank you Cara for ALL that you do!”

~Parents of three enrolled children, La Jolla, CA

“The shadows of virtual learning and further school closures were looming over us. At the very least, I wanted someone to take ‘home schooling’ off my plate. However . . . what we found is a program, an educational leader, and a community that would not only preserve the magic of education in uncertain times, but a curriculum and education style that is revolutionary. One that I’ve been itching for, always knowing in my heart, ‘it could be done so much better.’ Thanks to Cara, I’m now going into Fall 2020 with excitement and pure confidence that we have preserved the magic and stability of school in these unpredictable times. I suspect we will never go back to the status quo.”

~Parents with two enrolled children, La Jolla, CA

” . . . Cara Day, my parenting coach, has changed my parenting more than any other person, book, seminar or other resources. The only thing better than her expertise, her coaching talents, and her wisdom on all things kids, is her generous spirit.” 

~Father of 4, La Jolla, CA

“We have been working with Day Prep 4 days per week since 2010. At that time, our daughter was diagnosed with ADHD. Day Prep was instrumental in helping our daughter develop behavioral strategies to maximize her potential as a student and achieve success in her academics and daily life. This was reflected in her grades at school, but more importantly helped build priceless organizational skills, test-taking strategies and daily routines that have carried her from elementary through high school, enabling her to achieve to her highest potential . . . We are so thankful for Cara, Mackenzie, and Day Prep, as they have partnered with us to help navigate the transitional teen years . . .  Simply priceless!”

~Cyndi Sudberry, Mother of 3, La Jolla, CA

“My daughter was suffering from severe separation anxiety for months. . . . After two weeks of working with Cara and a wonderful teacher on her team, I noticed a significant improvement in her confidence to leave without tears and struggle. When school started in August, we relied heavily on the tools we learned from Day Prep and their coaching for parents and children—it helped us successfully start kindergarten off on the right foot . . . Miss Day and her team were an amazing support and encouragement to us, and by the end of the second week of school she was no longer crying/clinging/avoiding school. She was excited to be there and get in the classroom, no more rough transitions . . . The parenting tools and The Choice Chart system is now part of our daily approach to responsible kids and a happier household.”

~Erika, Mother of 3, La Jolla, California

Cara takes a holistic approach to children. While grades are important, Cara wanted to improve our grandson’s self-esteem, and his attitude toward school, life, parents and, yes, grandparents. Cara insisted on making sure all levels of communication in his life were working properly. That meant making sure all family members were involved in a healthy, supportive way. While we always thought my grandson was the best, Cara has helped mold his life into the person we all dream of calling Grandson.”

~David Malcolm, grandparent of 14-year-old

“The Choice Chart has created a peaceful environment in our home with less yelling and less lecturing. The time in the “check-in” definitely calms our kids down by giving them a chance to reflect in their vision book, and they are ready to join the family in a positive way.”

~Kristin, mother of two, ages 8 and 10

“My child did not like school or his teacher. Now his confidence is high and he knows he can do it. He has friends and is pleasant to be with at home. Although our initial issues have been resolved, it has been 3 years and he still works with Cara. It’s just part of what we do.”

~Lee Barnett, mother of 5th grader

“Cara Day is a practical genius at teaching not only parents, but students and her fellow practitioners. She has revolutionary, yet proven methods that transform lives. Her parenting philosophy and methods are in-depth, yet practical, tangible, and immediately usable. A breath of fresh air.”

~Scott Barnett, San Diego Unified School District Board Trustee

“I read to the bottom of the page. I just kept going and going and going and I didn’t even notice.”

~Colten, grade 2

“As parents of five children who were doing well in school and at home, we were reluctant to commit to a parenting workshop series. I was surprised when the first 3-hour class ended and I felt like it had just started! I have learned so much. . .  I think every parent should attend Cara’s workshops.”

~Clark Family

“It is an understatement to say that Cara Day has changed my family’s life. In the first grade, my son was diagnosed with severe ADHD and an auditory processing disorder. From 1st- 3rd grade, I paid for every possible tutoring to try to help him. In 4th grade, my son was struggling more then ever. . .  He started avoiding his friends, kept to himself and talked about hating school. Day Prep provides both the social and emotional, as well as the academic component. Within weeks of working with Cara for coaching and a Day Prep tutor for his academics, my son was back to being the happy, engaged kid I knew. He started hanging out with his friends at school and was immediately doing better in school. He was taught techniques on how to study for his tests, organization of his work, and many other tools that allowed him to be successful. Eight months later, he is thriving and doing better than ever!” 

~Tracey Turgeon, mother of two, grades 5 and 3

“Not only has she guided Gabriel to self-discipline, but also to us helped him to use skills to regulate his emotions and choices. She challenges him and gives him actual tools he can use at a difficult moment. She is always available to have conversations, meetings and provide helpful counseling for Gabriel’s best interest. Her ability to effectively teach organizational skills has helped Gabriel to prioritize the school work which will be used throughout his life. A new level of confidence and pride has been given to Gabriel through the guidance of Cara Day. We look forward to his future in high school and college and know that Cara will always be with us for help and guidance.”

~Annie Malcolm, grandmother to Gabriel, age 15

“And when I get to the end of the sentence, I do a paramount!”

~Kianna, age 4

“With everything going on in the world we knew we wanted an alternative solution for our children. Our goal was to preserve some innocence and maintain some normalcy in their lives. We felt that all the COVID interventions might make them feel unsafe or insecure in their environment. We also felt that a school closure was likely and wanted to circumvent this so our children wouldn’t be disrupted and we could continue to work without disruption. . . . We knew something even better than what we had was out there but didn’t know how or if we would find it. Then a friend invited me to an info session for Day Prep and we were more than blown away by Cara’s knowledge, approach, passion and openness. We were drawn to Cara’s approach as it encompasses the whole child, as well as solid academics. We knew no matter what we wanted our children to experience what she was offering. We feel confident that our kids will be getting more than a great education.”

~Parents of two enrolled children, La Jolla, CA

“I was told after a parent conference that my first grader had ADD and potentially dyslexia. I immediately went into overdrive as a parent and believed every word the teacher left me with. As soon as I got in touch with Mackenzie Day of Day Prep I felt a support and compassion that was truly second to none. Mackenzie came to our house and worked with Athena. After a review of her natural skills and knowledge of reading and language, a tailored program was created and so professionally delivered so that she could thrive. Throughout their short three months together, 4 to 5 days per week, I watched my child blossom into a confident and less-anxious child. Before Mackenzie’s support came into play, she would not and could not challenge herself and was not able to push through discomfort. Now my daughter is at the top of her class—a status which, for my husband and I, is not importanthowever her social/emotional acumen is soaring because she now has the freedom to explore language and learning in any way she sees fit.”

~Megan McKenna, San Diego, CA

“What you do is so important. The method you do it with matters. My son Is doing so well. I value what you offer. You take care of each of us as if we are special. Thank you.”

~Carla, mother of 6th grade student

“Three years ago we were struggling with our son. He was in 4th grade and not performing at grade level. He was also struggling making friends and connecting with classmates . . .We began with Miss Day with counseling sessions for our son. We then added academic coaching and tutoring with one of her team members. With Cara’s resources, our son’s life has been transformed. He is now attending a private school in sixth grade and is taking pre-algebra which is an eighth-grade course . . . He has gone from a child who struggled in his young life to a middle school student who is thriving in all respects. We also learned how to better and more effectively communicate with him and as a result, we all have a much more loving and fulfilling relationship.”

~Colleen, Mother of 2, La Jolla, CA

“We loved the Happy Kids class. You’re a fantastic communicator and your way will go far.”

~James, dad of two

“As my girls matured, my parenting style of command and control and strong rules and expectations wasn’t working. I needed help to rebuild my connection and learn a new parenting style. I began working regularly with Cara six years ago. I had other parenting coaches, but Cara is so unique because she helped me shift my mindset and beliefs, and helped me realize that the problem is me, not my kids. She has an amazing balance of truth and grace, and I needed both. Not only did she help me reframe how I approached parenting and what my vision was, but she also gave me hundreds of practical tips and techniques that I could apply daily. Most coaches cannot do both. She also took a vested interest in learning all about my girls and became an extended part of our family. Today, I have healed the relationships with my daughters and I have a healthy loving relationship with each. . . . Every parent needs a coach and Cara is the most qualified, effective, and caring one I’ve ever met.

~Jason Hartanov, San Clemente, California

“The Day Prep writing clinic Sienna attended this summer has paid off in spades. Her teacher is impressed with how Sienna structures her writing. It’s just fantastic this year for her. She has a newfound confidence.”

Heather Steer, mother of two, ages 8 and 10

Jackson: “Do you know what math’s full name is?”
Miss Day: “No … what is it?”
Jackson: “Mathematics.”

~Jackson, age 7

“We hired Day Prep because we were having problems with my eldest son’s ability to sit and do work independently, slowly and correctly. We saw Jackson’s reading and comprehension improve almost immediately. We also saw him begin to work independently. Their teacher now works with all three of my children, and Cara works with me! Giving me fast and simple tools to help my kids with behavior issues that arrive with young children. I honestly don’t know where we would be without Cara.”

~Marjaneh, La Jolla, mother of 3

“My family started using the Choice Chart over a year ago. The Choice Chart gives the kids an understanding that even as children they have ‘a job’ in our family. The adults are counting on them, and the kids, and pets, are counting on the adults. Each night my children would put their sticker on the chart depending on whether they had made supporting choices throughout the day. The kids know the choice is theirs and they know what to expect now if they make a choice that doesn’t support our family. And, we celebrate with the Choice Chart monthly dinner at home so we can recognize their choices.”

~Steve B., Father of 2, ages 7 and 9

 “At our parent-teacher conference at the end of the kindergarten year, my son’s teacher said, ‘your son needs intensive tutoring, he’s just not getting it.’ We were blindsided. Kindergarten was too early for a child to be struggling. . . We had our son evaluated by a very reputable, independent, learning center. Their recommendation was tutoring four hours a day, five days a week through the summer. I knew our son needed help, but 20 hours a week? For a kindergartner? I didn’t know where to turn.

. . . . We decided to send our son to Day Prep. They met with him twice a week during the summer for an hour. Each time, my son was greeted warmly at the beautiful center and made to feel welcome. His teacher was always so patient and positive. . . When it was time to leave, he had a smile on his face as he chose a prize from the treasure box. . . . I saw progress within a few weeks. Three months later, when I saw (and heard!) where he started and where he was, I cried. I was so relieved. My son was a confident reader in the first grade and enjoys reading today, in 5th grade. 

Update: Also, my older daughter was accepted to two of the most prestigious private schools in the area. Thank you, Day Prep, for all your efforts with the test, essay, and interview preparation!”

~Chris B., father of two, grades 5 and 7

“Loved the class. I’m fascinated and want to learn more. Please let me know of upcoming workshops.”

~Nichole, mom of four