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

#KidReads: Which children's book do you or your child hold most dear?

Everyone has a favorite children's book—yet what parents and kids love is not always the same. KPCC early childhood development correspondent Deepa Fernandes is working on a project that looks at what makes a successful children's book, and she wants to hear from you. Which is your favorite children's book? Let us know!

Publishers share secrets of what makes a good kids' book

Some children's books are so irresistible, they elicit cries of: read it again! And again. These stories are usually simple. But that doesn’t mean they’re easy to write.

Obama proposes $1 per pack cigarette tax to fund preschools

President Obama is proposing a tax hike today to pay for his “Preschool for All” plan. The size of the proposed tax is nearly twice earlier estimates: 94 cent per pack of cigarettes.

Obama reportedly following California's lead on Pre-K

When he presents his budget Wednesday, the president will outline a scheme to fund universal preschool with cigarette taxes, the White House has confirmed.

Can learning in two languages help poor kids succeed?

At an elementary school in Baldwin Park, children receiving a bilingual education appear to be vaulting over the achievement gap.

Are preschool teachers healthy role models for children?

A University of Texas study of the nutrition knowledge -- and practices -- of a group of preschool teachers may surprise you.

High school gives teen parents a chance to finish school (Photos)

School offers child care program – but will sequestration cuts force it to scale back?

When should kids start learning about sex?

The Chicago board of education is mandating that school begin sex education in kindergarten. Too soon?

Finally some new funds for early childhood education

The California State Assembly is giving $10 million to the CalWORKs Stage 3 program to fund more childcare seats.

Reading helps low-income kids get ahead, new study finds.

As the costs and benefits of subsidized preschool are being hotly debated, a new study from Australia finds that the path to success in life for a preschooler begins with the bedtime story.

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.