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About Cara Day DaychildDaychild’s mission is to provide you with the best parenting resources on the internet. We connect you, the parent with a full and active life, with content that inspires while addressing your most pressing parenting issues. We deliver content that answers your questions.

Cara Day is an educational therapist, life coach, and mother of four, ages 15, 17, 19, and 21. She founded Daychild in 2014 as a way to share the best methods worldwide with parents who want to help children grow to live with enthusiasm and delight.

Cara Day began teaching her dolls and willing friends at the age of 4. By age 10, she was being paid $2 an hour to teach children how to read at her babysitter’s. In high school, she was pulled from class by the guidance counselors to speak to students in need of impromptu peer coaching, such as with one student who was ditching classes and with another who had an unplanned pregnancy. Cara began college at age 16 at San Diego State University, graduating with Summa Cum Laude honors. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as a Reading Specialist Credential. She is happy to now serve as Daychild’s Head Kid.

In 2008, Cara Day realized a childhood dream when she founded a college preparatory Kindergarten – 8th grade private school, after many years of parents asking her to “do the whole thing.” She announced the school with only 45 spaces available. The spaces filled in just 3 weeks with no advertising. She doubled the space, enrolled an additional 55 students over the next three months, and on the first day of school she and her team welcomed 107 students. The school was accredited by WASC. Although not currently in operation, Cara helps other schools achieve their visions and action plans.

Throughout this time, Cara grew her own private educational therapy practice. She also created several curriculums for parents, teachers, and therapists. She speaks to audiences on topics relating to children and families through schools, hospitals, and literacy organizations. Her company, Day Prep Educational Therapy, which now employs a happy tribe of tutors and educational therapists, has been serving San Diego county since 1996. Day Prep now also serves Portland, Seattle, Chicago, and New York.

Cara Day lives in San Diego, California. She enjoys spending time with her children and pup-pups while working smart on Daychild, to all our benefit.


Here’s what they say …

The Choice Chart has created a peaceful environment in our home with less yelling and less lecturing. The time in the penalty definitely calms our kids down, and they are ready to join the family in a positive way.


– Kristin, 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

Cara now works with all three of my children, and she also works with me! I honestly don’t know where we would be without Cara. I now know that we can jump over any hurdle with her help and the tools we have learned.


– Marjaneh, mother of three

My child did not like school or his teacher. Now his confidence is high and he knows he can do it. Although our initial issues have been resolved, it has been 3 years and we still see Cara. It’s just part of what we do.


– Lee Barnett, mother of 5th grader

And when I get to the end of the sentence, I do a peramint!


– Kianna, age 4

As a school administrator, it is sometimes difficult to get my staff or parent groups to listen, even when the information is important. When Cara speaks, you can hear a pin drop! Her presentations are dynamic and full of great information — motivating parents to action. About 54 people attended the first workshop. By the last class, 75 or so were coming — fathers, grandparents. It was wonderful.


– Elementary Principal

As a mother of five children who already know how to read, I was reluctant to commit to a workshop series about reading and writing. I was surprised when the first 3-hour class ended and I felt like it had just started! I have learned so much. I already told my child’s first grade teacher that I think every parent should attend Cara’s workshops.


– Clark Family

When I look back over the past 24 months, all I can say is, ‘Thank You Cara.’ We retained Cara to help my grandson to become a better student. I made the mistake of thinking, ‘I’m hiring Cara to help our grandson get better grades.’ Boy, was I wrong!!! 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 my grandson’s 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 Son or Grandson.


– David Malcolm, grandparent of 14-year-old

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 thru 3rd grade, I paid for every possible tutoring to try to help him. In 4th grade, my son was struggling more then ever and he was failing several classes. My son was once a happy and social child, but not anymore. He started avoiding his friends, kept to himself and talked about hating school. Within weeks of working with Cara, 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. Miss Day taught him 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 then ever! He was being left to fall through the cracks, almost written off as not capable. Miss Day is about holding him to an extremely high standard and showing him how to reach it. He feels good about himself.


– Tracey Turgeon, mother of two, grades 5 and 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, which is to be a cooperative member of it. The adults are counting on them, and the kids, and pets, are counting on the adults. Each night my would put their sticker on the chart depending on whether they had made supportive choices throughout the day. The kids now know the choice is theirs and they know what to expect if they make a choice that doesn’t support our family. And, it worked immediately. We celebrate monthly with a dinner at home for recognition of their choices.


Cara also suggested that my two children, then ages 7 and 8, create a family crest with specific words and themes that supported the environment we wanted on our home. We chose words like Trust, Kindness, and Knowledge, and Fun. The foundation of the image was a large tree. Together, the Choice Chart and Family Crest work well to support better behavior and to empower each of us in our home.


– Steve B., Father of 2

My son was 5. His kindergarten school year started out well even though he did not begin the year reading. The teacher seemed happy with his progress and I was thrilled with how much he seemed to be learning. His report card reflected this positive beginning. Without warning, his teacher stated at our parent-teacher conference at the end of the year, your son “needs intensive tutoring”. “He’s just not getting it,” she said. My husband and I were blindsided. Kindergarten was too early for a child to be struggling. Did he have a learning disability? Was he dyslexic? 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 12 weeks? For a kindergartner? I didn’t know where to turn. Cara came highly recommended and suggested tutoring 30 minutes, twice a week, to achieve the desired result. Her standard is to have the child read at least two years above grade level, no matter what grade they are in. My husband and I decided to send our son to Cara. She met with him twice a week during the summer. Each time my son went to Cara he was greeted warmly at her beautiful center and she made him feel welcome. Cara was always so patient and positive. She equipped our son with skills to read and he progressed very rapidly. When it was time to leave, he had a smile on his face as he chose a prize from the treasure box. We read Cara’s recommended books and did what she asked us to do at home, even though she said it was ok if we didn’t have time. I saw progress within a few weeks. After three months, Cara and I had a parent meeting to discuss my son’s progress. When she showed me where he started and where he was in just 3 months, I cried. I was so relieved. My son was a confident reader in the first grade and enjoys reading today, in 5th grade. How amazing with the right teacher, tools and approach! I am forever grateful to Cara!


– Calli B., mother of two, grades 5 and 7

The Malcolm Family first started working with Cara Day in 2011 to provide services for our son, Zach. Cara came highly recommended and was brought in to assist Zach with his studies during the critical period of his junior and senior year of high school. At the time, Zach was struggling in school. He was frustrated with his academic performance and his difficulty in learning course materials. Cara methodically assessed Zach’s academic needs and skill level over a wide spectrum of academic measures. She then designed a personalized plan specifically for Zach. Once implemented, both my wife, Nicole and I, were very pleased and gratified to see immediate and continuous improvement in Zach’s academic performance as well as his work habits, attitude, accountability and overall confidence.


Based upon her success with Zach, it wasn’t long before Cara and her daughter Mackenzie were working with our other two children, Athena and Tatum. Both of our girls were at varying levels of ability and had different needs, but a specific plan was put in place for each of our girls.


As a result of the work with Cara and Mackenzie, we have seen the academic level of performance significantly rise for all of our children. We saw a significant improvement in attitude in our two children who had been somewhat less than enthusiastic about school. After two years of tutoring, Zach completed high school and was accepted by multiple colleges. He is now is his first year of a four year CSU school. Our daughter, Athena, was accepted into Francis Parker High School and our youngest daughter plans on applying to Francis Parker for the 2015 school year. We came to realize that the personalized and targeted teaching programs created and designed by Cara Day have benefits for children of all skills and learning levels.


Nicole and I are both extremely grateful for the kind, attentive, and professional manner in which Cara and Mackenzie have assisted our children. Cara and Mackenzie are truly gifted at what they do and it is obvious they love and have a passion for their work. They have formed a bond with our children that goes well beyond their weekly sessions. It is evident that they really care about Zach, Athena, and Tatum and that fact, along with their exceptional and systematic approach to teaching, is what has made the extraordinary difference for our children.


– Dan Malcolm