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

Lead exposure risks sleep problems in children, study finds

A study of children in China found the presence of high lead levels in their blood places them at risk for sleep problems like insomnia.

Babies born 12 weeks early can suffer long-term academic deficits, study says

New study published in the journal Pediatrics finds that medical complications after an early birth can persist through childhood.

Child care workers receiving poverty wages, study finds

Ninety percent of all Los Angeles County child care workers can't meet basic living expenses, according to new data from the Economic Policy Institute.

Delaying kindergarten brings mental health benefits, study finds

New research suggests delaying kindergarten can have benefits for children, especially those who are affluent.

3 tips to spruce up your online dating profile

Welcome to cuddle season! Online dating activity jumps just before the holidays. Here are some tips to help get the most out of your profile.

GOP debate: USC professor analyzes what went down

Moderators had trouble reining in the GOP presidential hopefuls, who were quick to criticize each other and the CNBC moderators.

New assembly speaker wants more funding for preschool

With his roots in the world of preschool, new Assembly speaker will prioritize early education.

Round three for the GOP: Candidates to spar over ‘your money’

At the center will be a very familiar face: businessman Donald Trump. This time, however, he shares the spotlight with Ben Carson.

Ben Carson is controversial, and that’s just the way voters like it

A new poll shows Dr. Ben Carson now leading the Republican field of presidential hopefuls. To what does Ben Carson owe his newfound popularity?

Kathy Walsh's books aim for mindfulness in kids

There is a growing belief that mindfulness and mediation can start in toddlerhood. Author Kathy Walsh has written books on the subject, and she explains more.

What California's classroom testing looks like now

The Obama administration wants teachers to spend no more than 2 percent of class time on prepping for and taking tests. What's the picture in California?

Survivors learning how to parent after domestic violence

While a recent audit found Los Angeles domestic violence services are underfunded and disjointed, one program tries to help fill the need by teaching parenting skills to mothers in shelters.

SoCal school districts say lack of money prevents expanded transitional kindergarten

After a bill expanding preschool to more children is vetoed, a little known law change that allows more children into transitional kindergarten runs into funding problems.

Governor vetoes preschool measure

Is California's preschool bill the way to help low-income kids get ahead?

Child care unaffordable for low-wage workers, report finds

An analysis from the Economic Policy Institute reports that almost half of a low-wage workers salary goes to child care costs in California.