Lara Elfstrand, Owner

Lara Elfstrand, Owner

 

About Lara...

Lara Elfstrand is a bilingual child development specialist. She has provided early intervention services to English and Spanish-speaking families of infants and young children at risk or diagnosed with developmental disabilities since 2009. The loss of her son to mitochondrial disease at 17 months of age has inspired her to help families get off to the very best start, and to have empathy when things aren't going exactly as planned or expected. She feels so fortunate to have found a career path that she is very passionate about, where she can help families to be resilient. 

Lara holds a Masters of Arts and a Level 1 California teaching credential in Early Childhood Special Education from Santa Clara University. She is a 2016-2017 fellow in the Napa Infant Parent Mental Health Fellowship through U.C. Davis Extension. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Marshall, and their dog, Brutus. Lara's goal is to encourage, educate, and empower families so that children of all abilities will be known, loved, and motivated to learn.  Lara is certified to teach Bringing Baby Home through the Gottman Institute, and she is certified to do newborn behavioral observations (the basis for "What's my baby saying?") through the Brazelton Institute. Lara is excited to be teaching the Bringing Baby Home program because of its track record in building strong families and in improving developmental outcomes for young children.