Deepa Fernandes Early Childhood Development Correspondent

Contact Deepa Fernandes

Deepa Fernandes is the Early Childhood Development Correspondent at KPCC.

Deepa began her radio career at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in Sydney in 1995. From there she lived and traveled in Latin America, reporting for the ABC and BBC World Service.

On arriving in New York City in the late 90s, Fernandes joined Pacifica Radio as the anchor of the national evening newscast and later as the host of the live, three-hour morning show on WBAI, 99.5fm. She also founded and ran a national nonprofit, People’s Production House, that conducts journalism trainings in minority communities.

Fernandes published her first book, “Targeted. Homeland Security and the Business of Immigration,” published by 7 Stories Press, in 2006. In 2012, she was a Knight Fellow at Stanford University. Fernandes has an MA from Columbia University.

Fernandes is well suited to KPCC’s new beat of Early Childhood Development as she is the mother of two toddlers under 4, perhaps the most challenging job she has ever had.

Stories by Deepa Fernandes

California's preschoolers are 'racially isolated'

A new report finds preschools are deeply segregated, leading to questions of equity in the quality of education for preschoolers of color.

A trip into a South LA classroom to learn the word 'of'

Teaching reading in kindergarten can be creative, and one South L.A. teacher believes playful learning works better than rote memorization.

How a new law can help workers retire with some savings

California's child care workers are among the estimated 7 million people who will be able to save for retirement in a state-run plan.

A new approach to help children learn English

LAUSD teachers will receive training in new methods to help students who struggle with English.

A look inside the Children's Forest in the San Bernardino National Forest

If you are looking for a remote-yet-close getaway for your family this weekend, KPCC's Deepa Fernandes has a recommendation: the Children's Forest 

How to teach kids about drought and wildfire? Head to the mountains

The benefits of hiking with kids in California forests include hands-on lessons about drought and wildfires.

California's moral crisis: Number of non-white children in poverty

Despite the income increase reported by the Census, there is a startlingly high percentage of children living in poverty, including here in Los Angeles.

New documentary examines the human side of Mexico's drug war

Director Bernardo Ruiz takes on the US-Mexico Drug War through the stories of a DEA agent on the border, an activist nun and a Texas-based smuggler.

Can a smiling selfie a day lead to a happier life?

Could there be a scientific reason to the selfie craze? A new study out of UCI has theorized there is a link between selfies and happiness.

How educators can help foster youth overcome instability

Local educators have received a $10 million grant to launch a school for foster and homeless youth. Take Two looks at the obstacles these young people face in their education.

Forget Jurassic Park - this is what a real dino looked like

This week, researchers in the UK unveiled what experts are calling the most realistic and lifelike model of any dinosaur, ever.

LA comedian serves up parody video in response to Pho controversy

LA writer and comedian Jenny Yang's response to Bon Appetit's Pho video controversy is the greatest thing since sliced bread.

Do germs really have a five-second rule?

Have you ever dropped a bit of food and thought "It wasn't there that long. What's the harm in just picking it back up and eating it anyway?"

How Trump and Clinton compare on paid family leave

The U.S. is the only country in the developed world without any kind of government paid parental leave program. That could change after the November election.

Philippine President sparks painful memories of Marcos era for SoCal Filipinos

For Filipinos in Southern California, the latest political turmoil from their homeland has conjured harsh memories of a former dictator.