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

Despite sequestration, Obama administration makes case for early childhood spending

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius extoll the success of such programs.

How healthy is your school's lunch?

California schools didn’t do too badly in a healthy lunch competition. They didn’t do too well, either, garnering mostly bronze medals.

Cuts to subsidized preschool have hit L.A. the hardest

Some California families do not have to imagine what the impact of sequestration might be. Subsidized early childhood education programs in California have already been cut by 40 percent over the past five years -- and Los Angeles has been hit he hardest.

Antibiotics should be last resort for ear ache in children

The number of ear infections in young children have dropped -- but not the number of antibiotic prescriptions issued for them. That's worried the American Academy of Pediatrics which on Monday issued new guidelines for how to treat a child’s ear infection.

California creates new school grade to ease 4-year-olds into kindergarten

As the public education system becomes more rigorous and standardized, the effect is creeping down to the youngest students. Educators worry that 4-year-olds aren't quite yet ready for the academic focus that kindergarten today demands. KPCC's Deepa Fernandes reports.

Yes, your kid does behave better after watching Dora

Study shows preschoolers behave better when they're exposed to quality educational and socially-responsible television rather than programs that include violence.

Head Start familes could lose services in budget impasse

One week after promising to inject funds into Early Childhood education, President Obama is now warning that Head Start may face cuts if a budget deal isn't reached.

DC Holocaust exhibits travel to the Skirball Sunday

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is marking its 20th anniversary by touring some of its exhibits across the country, stopping at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles Sunday.

PHOTOS: Bagpipes and kilts on parade at Long Beach pier

With the majestic Queen Mary ocean liner docked in the harbor, bagpipe players from throughout California are in Long Beach this weekend for the 20th annual "ScotsFest."

Advocates want mothers to breastfeed longer

Scientific evidence on the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding is uncontested, yet fewer than half of mothers are still nursing at six months

Details emerge: Obama's early education plan

The proposal, which does not include a price tag, would expand the Early Head Start program, which subsidizes pre-K programs for poor kids.

Obama proposes more preschool access; details sketchy

Early childhood education advocates were pleased with President Obama 's remarks but said he fell short in details in his State of the Union speech.

Transitional kindergarten is on today's agenda

Watch a conference where administrators, principals and teachers are sharing strategies for creating more successful TK programs.

California bucks trend in preschool budget increases

At the White House and in governors' offices nationwide, there’s a move to increase access to early childhood education. Except in California.

Convention on breastfeeding begins in Anaheim

Physicians, nurses, lactation consultants, nutritionists, advocates and moms will discuss how breastfeeding is promoted -- and undermined.