Lara Elfstrand, Owner

Lara Elfstrand, Owner

Building resilience and learning in parents and children

I am a bilingual child development specialist. I have provided early intervention services to English and Spanish-speaking families of infants and young children at risk or diagnosed with developmental disabilities since 2009. Little Elf Family Services is named in honor of our son, who we lost to mitochondrial disease at 17 months of age. His life has inspired me to help families get off to the very best start, and to have empathy when things aren't going exactly as planned or expected. I feel so fortunate to have found a career path that I'm very passionate about, where I can help families to be resilient. 

I hold a Masters of Arts in Early Childhood Special Education and a Level 1 California teaching credential from Santa Clara University, and I am a 2016-2017 graduate of the Napa Infant Parent Mental Health Fellowship through U.C. Davis Extension. I live in Northern California with my husband, Marshall, and our dog, Brutus. My goal is to support families to build positive, playful parenting teams. I help parents to know, love, and motivate each child and to maximize the potential of all children.  I am certified to teach Bringing Baby Home through the Gottman Institute, and I am certified to do newborn behavioral observations (the basis for "What's my baby saying?") through the Brazelton Institute. I'm 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.  

 
It’s easy to see that you have a wonderful soul and are extremely successful at making those around you feel loved, warm, and safe.
— Mother of an 18-month old