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
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.
California gets more money for universal preschool than any other state because it has more pre-school kids living in poverty.
Mental health issues in children are increasing. Fortunately, there are ways to deal with such issues as obsessive compulsive disorder.
From Disney princesses to overly sexualized dolls, American culture may be imparting the wrong values to young girls, critics say.
An afternoon preschool program will close, an early example of how the reductions are affecting local families. Head Start will suffer its biggest cut in 50 years.
A new report looks at whether Pre-K to 3rd grade teachers should be evaluated based on student achievement, even though their students don't take standardized tests.
Researchers find newborns given a small amount of formula while the mother’s milk comes in are more likely to be exclusively breastfeeding at three months old.
Valproate products, commonly used to treat migraines or seizures, can lead to lower IQ in children whose mother's took the drug while pregnant.
Officials launch aggressive campaign to convince parents to stop sleeping habits with their babies, saying co-sleeping and other hazards kill a baby every five days.
As "educational" apps multiply by the day, research is only starting to keep up. One preschool director bans screens in her classrooms, saying they kill creativity.