Deepa Fernandes Early Childhood Development Correspondent
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
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.
Teachers responding to a survey say poor children are receiving developmentally inappropriate lessons from preschool to third grade in public schools.
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 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.
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.
Social media lit up with anger after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin. Much of it came from teens and early twentysomethings.
For 60 years, residents have marched in the South Pasadena July Fourth parade to protest the extension of the 710 freeway. Their target this year: tunnels.
Rallies against digital government surveillance programs are planned this Fourth of July in about 100 cities across the U.S. including Los Angeles.
In Westchester and Playa del Rey, residents have been gluing and hammering for weeks, getting ready for a July Fourth float parade. Competition is fierce.
L.A. Unified says the school has financial problems and it's test scores aren't good enough. Parents and administrators point to 100 percent graduation rate.
A new study shows that more children nationwide are living in poverty than previous years — and California kids are faring particularly poorly.
Advocates for the poor in Southern California say the cuts will make matters worse for struggling families. The House and Senate must reconcile differences in their bills.
In study of 40,000 children, researchers find no academic disadvantage to children whose mothers returned to work early compared to those with stay-at-home moms.
A year in, Transitional Kindergarten had it's share of struggles and successes. The new grade may offer lessons on how universal Pre-K would work — or stumble.
The American Academy of Pediatriacs wants its physician members to begin looking for signs of prolonged stress in babies. It can hamper brain development.