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

Voters may be asked to legalize bilingual education

A voter-approved initiative made California's classrooms English-only - with a big loophole. A bill in Sacramento would ask voters to repeal Prop 227.

Report: Linking data could improve prechool quality

Report says linking data helps “answer key policy questions" about what's working in preschool. But only one state does so - and it's not California.

Bellflower childcare provider becomes advocate for change

Bellflower childcare provider Tonia McMillian has become an advocate for her peers. He next goals? Unionization and a voice in state policy decisions.

Study: talking to pre-term babies helps language development

New study links increased communication with premature infants in NICU with increased language development into toddler-hood.

3 things you should know about infant nutrition

Early childhood this week is all about health and nutrition: FDA on formula, Hilary and Latino families and UNICEF on global child malnutrition.

Reporter's notebook: What I learned from Lulu and Dana

Hanging out with two Highland Park third graders — and their families — I learned about the hard work that goes into bridging the class divide.

New report: Pre-K access stagnated over past 5 years

New report finds between 2009-2013 number of kids attending subsidized preschool leveled off at about 40 percent. Meantime, the achievement gap widened.

Pediatricians urged to ask: Is your gun safely stored?

A new report finds 20 child gunshot victims hospitalized every day in the U.S. and calls on pediatricians to talk about safe gun storage with parents.

President renews call for universal preschool

Obama called for a “race to the top” for the nation’s youngest children. It was exactly the kind of thing early childhood education advocates were hoping to hear.

Study: Eating disorders affect girls more than boys

The study found that while just over 10 percent of girls were “extremely worried” about weight issues, only about 5 percent of boys had the same concern.

Despite benefits, most state preschool programs are half day

Parents have to perform logistical acrobatics to make the three-hour daily sessions work. And researchers say full day programs are just better.

New brain studies: TV causes bad changes; Novels, good

Too much television can alter a child’s brain structure – and not in a good way – one study shows. Another says novels cause positive changes in students' brains.

Federal budget deal restores, boosts Head Start

Just over $1 billion was allocated to fund educational programs - $612 million above pre-sequestration levels. That's a nearly 14 percent increase.

Testing preschoolers has changed shape in California

When No Child Left Behind became law in 2002, Head Start educators had to administer standardized tests in order to get federal funding. A lot has changed since then.

New Year's resolutions that kids can make — and keep

We adults may not be the greatest resolution-keepers, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t encourage our kids to start the year right.