Deepa Fernandes Early Childhood Development Correspondent

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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

Why educators say kids shouldn't miss kindergarten

Inside a South Los Angeles school with chronic absenteeism, a counselor tries to encourage kindergarteners and their parents to make attendance a priority.

White House early learning summit news is mixed for state

First White House summit dedicated to children age 0 to 5 includes news of $1 billion in new funding for preschool expansion and infant care quality improvements.

Funding threatened for 11,000 free preschool spaces

By 2016, a major preschool provider may no longer provide subsidized preschool for thousands of low-income families in Los Angeles County.

Police begin making arrests as Ferguson protests continue in LA

Police began detaining protesters Friday in the Westlake area of Los Angeles on the fifth night of protests over the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri.

Black Friday roundup: Protests for Ferguson, wages, furs

As the holiday shopping season kicks off, protesters are demonstrating nationwide over a wide range of issues, including the Ferguson grand jury verdict, low wages, and animal fur sales.

Event marks 16 years of giving to the needy on Thanksgiving

Volunteers packed donated food and clothing into packages to be delivered to the homeless this Thanksgiving in Santa Monica and Echo Park.

Kindergarteners offer up versions of the Thanksgiving story

Teaching SoCal children about the first Thanksgiving leads to unique and culturally relevant retellings of the tale at Weemes Elementary.

Federal child care grant to continue for low-income families

More quality control and safety provisions are built into reauthorized federal child care block grant program.

Can a public school teach classes in Nahuatl? California says yes

In El Sereno, Semillas School Network incorporates Native American mathematics and indigenous arts. Parents and grandparents are integrated into the curriculum.

New approach sought to break children out of poverty

With 1.3 million California children under 8 living below the poverty line, services need to target families as a whole, according to new report.

San Francisco's program offers universal preschool to all

Although little cited in national discussions about universal preschool, San Francisco's model could help other cities roll out similar programs for early learners.

Long Beach aims to encourage preschoolers to go to college

As part of the push for universal preschool, Long Beach officials and educators plan to take their message to attend college out to the earliest learners.

California's kids falling through cracks, study shows

California is failing its kids, according to a new report by the Children Now research group. Its online tool lets families look up how their own counties are doing.

'Who We Be' explores race and culture in America's recent past

Author and cultural critic Jeff Chang looks at how pop art, TV commercials and political campaigns have deeply shaped how we talk about race today.

State seeks $140 million to expand preschool

The California Department of Education's grant request would create 3,700 preschool slots, many in communities where parents struggle to find childcare.