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

Report: Child welfare systems not tailored to needs of youngest kids

A national survey finds that state welfare agencies do not consider the unique needs of infants and toddlers — but California is doing better than most states.

LA Unified may expand preschool with new state funds

The Los Angeles Unified School District is considering spending new state money for disadvantaged kids into restoring preschools and other early education programs to set them on the right path from the start.

Indigenous charter school loses appeal to renew license

An indigenous charter school shut down by L.A. Unified failed in its appeal to the Los Angeles County office of Education. But it's not done fighting.

9 fun ways to help your child learn letters

Ideas and sources from around the web to help your preschooler learn letters, tell time, practice cutting and pasting - and other screen-free fun.

Head Start program for farm workers facing changes

The Encanto Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Center in Oxnard runs from January to September, the area's typical planting and growing season. But as the season goes year round, the program can't keep up.

The pressure to get kindergarten 'right' makes for anxious parents

Many parents start the Kindergarten process a year before that school starts, when they began researching schools. The array of options can be, well, crazy-making.

Cutting administrative costs still hurts the neediest families

How one school district has dealt with federal sequestration cuts to Head Start programming.

Study: Kindergarten behavior can predict later drug abuse

A new study finds boys with anti-social behavior in kindergarten are likely to abuse drugs later in life — unless they get intensive intervention in tween years.

Researchers say too much praise creates unmotivated children (poll)

Research into the negative effects of too much praise is now fairly well-known and accepted — at least by early childhood experts. But parents aren't listening.

Indigenous charter school appeals LA Unified closure

An El Sereno charter school denied a renewal by L.A. Unified in June, is presenting an appeal before the Los Angeles County Office of Education this afternoon.

UCLA program tries to keep heritage languages alive

Rather than focus on Spanish or French, the program teaches Hindi-Urdu, Persian, Russian, Arabic and Armenian to the children of immigrants from those cultures.

Survey: Test pushing out play based learning in Pre-K

Teachers responding to a survey say poor children are receiving developmentally inappropriate lessons from preschool to third grade in public schools.

When a child dies in LA, this woman's phone rings

Denise Bertone, 50, has been the chief – and only – infant and child death investigator at the county coroner’s office for the past 11 years.

Bilingual offerings growing for preschool set

Bilingual learning continues its upward trend in Southern California. Two of the latest offerings: a drop off program at the Zimmer and a new Pasadena preschool.

Experts: Lazy summers hurt kids' education (poll)

Studies shows that summer learning loss is responsible for up to two thirds of the gap in reading for low income students. But there are no free summer preschools in L.A.