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
Compton school board president thinks preschool is the answer to many of Compton's bigger issues, like poverty and unemployment.
State law requires school districts to provide Transitional Kindergarten to get state funding. One rich district in San Mateo County says it doesn't need the money.
If passed, the bi-partisan federal budget deal will bring some much needed funding back to Head Start. In Sacramento, Democrats are pushing for preschool funding.
Eyeing that cute, Marvel Captain America super-hero shield for your toddler this Christmas? A new report that found it contains 29 times the legal limit for lead.
Two hundred thirty-three inmates gave birth while incarcerated in California’s prison system in 2011 and 2012. Most were back in shackles two days later, their infants off to live with relatives or foster parents.
Researchers found little difference between PG13 and R rated movies in the level of violence paired with other "risky" behaviors, like smoking or sexual activity.
The weekend cold snap temporarily closed freeways, caused a small power outage and made farmers work all night - but the effects were mostly limited.
USC researchers find the risk for autism is heightened when children who have a certain gene mutation are exposed to high levels of pollution.
At the East Los Angeles College Child Development Center, teachers use stories and role playing to teach gratitude year-round. Here's how they do it.
Researchers found that children exposed to poverty from an early age had smaller “brain volumes” in the regions of the brain that process emotions and memory.
Until now, the district offered no pre-kindergarten classes in Glassell Park, which is majority Latino and low-income. Parents pay $2 to $17.75 a day, based on income.
The Internet is brimming with breast milk sharing collectives, milk banks and even individuals offering excess milk. But one study found lots of bacteria.
White children under 3 years old made up 49.5% of the population in 2012, dropping below majority for the first time. One quarter of young kids live in poverty.
Compton daycare providers brainstorm about salad bars during the inaugural training session of a $6.1 million L.A. county initiative to improve toddler's lunches.
Stanford researchers found the language gap between children of low socio-economic groups and their more well-to-do peers begins as young as 18 months old.