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

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.

One man's pursuit of universal preschool

Compton school board president thinks preschool is the answer to many of Compton's bigger issues, like poverty and unemployment.

Wealthy school district opts out of Transitional Kindergarten

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.

Preschool advocates encouraged by federal, state budget news

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.

Beware of hazardous toys, new report warns

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.

Pregnant in Prison: Should newborns live with their incarcerated mothers?

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.

Pediatricians alerted to violence in PG 13 movies

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.

Farmers on alert for freezing conditions that can damage crops

The weekend cold snap temporarily closed freeways, caused a small power outage and made farmers work all night - but the effects were mostly limited.

Study: Traffic pollution triples risk of autism in at-risk kids

USC researchers find the risk for autism is heightened when children who have a certain gene mutation are exposed to high levels of pollution.

To teach toddlers gratitude, connect it to happiness

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.

Study: kids in poverty have smaller brains

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.

LA Unified unveils swanky new preschool in Glassell Park

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.