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

Technology comes to Riverside Head Start programs

New Head Start standards require programs be more data-driven. Riverside County is embracing the mandate by bringing iPads in to help track student progress.

Latino families want preschool, but gaps in access remain

A new report on Latino preschool participation proves a point: If you build the preschools, they will come.

Meet Ron Morris, the mariachi-singing kindergarten teacher

The Jurupa Valley educator uses Mexican mariachi songs to teach his students about history, social studies and geography.

Growing up in California in 2016: Here's how kids fare

A new report takes a look at the state of children's well-being in California, and it's not great news. Poverty and poor educational outcomes persist for the state's kids.

Los Angeles-area teachers talk with kids about Trump victory

On Wednesday, teachers and other public school staff had to step in and deal with fallout from the election of Donald Trump as president.

How the state excludes summer babies from early kindergarten

Children born in July and August are shut out of the state's transitional kindergarten program. LAUSD wants to change the policy but says its hands are tied.

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.