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

Kindergarteners offer up versions of the Thanksgiving story

Teaching SoCal children about the first Thanksgiving leads to unique and culturally relevant retellings of the tale at Weemes Elementary.

Federal child care grant to continue for low-income families

More quality control and safety provisions are built into reauthorized federal child care block grant program.

Can a public school teach classes in Nahuatl? California says yes

In El Sereno, Semillas School Network incorporates Native American mathematics and indigenous arts. Parents and grandparents are integrated into the curriculum.

New approach sought to break children out of poverty

With 1.3 million California children under 8 living below the poverty line, services need to target families as a whole, according to new report.

San Francisco's program offers universal preschool to all

Although little cited in national discussions about universal preschool, San Francisco's model could help other cities roll out similar programs for early learners.

Long Beach aims to encourage preschoolers to go to college

As part of the push for universal preschool, Long Beach officials and educators plan to take their message to attend college out to the earliest learners.

California's kids falling through cracks, study shows

California is failing its kids, according to a new report by the Children Now research group. Its online tool lets families look up how their own counties are doing.

'Who We Be' explores race and culture in America's recent past

Author and cultural critic Jeff Chang looks at how pop art, TV commercials and political campaigns have deeply shaped how we talk about race today.

State seeks $140 million to expand preschool

The California Department of Education's grant request would create 3,700 preschool slots, many in communities where parents struggle to find childcare.

Education secretary calls for expansion of preschool

Arne Duncan, U.S. education secretary, told preschool advocates in Los Angeles that early education should be made available to more children.

Teachers union call for more collaborative superintendent

Following the resignation of Los Angeles Unified's John Deasy, the union representing teachers urged an open process in selecting the next superintendent.

Preschool teachers on the minimum wage edge

As the minimum wage debate grows, there's one group of workers who are among those making low wages even with college degrees: preschool teachers.

Child care costs nearly 40 percent of some family budgets

For some single parents, child care in California can be the biggest expense in their household budgets, approaching 40 percent.

Film series seeks to change perspective of Africa

Surfing. Street art. Hip hop. Topics not typically part of the news that comes from Africa, but that's the point of a new series of short films part of a project called My Africa Is.

Does teacher race matter to preschool success for children?

LAUSD preschools employ 86 percent teachers of color. Is this the answer to pre-kindergarten success or is teacher quality more important?