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

Your toddler knows what you're thinking

The ability to reason has an enormous impact on how both adults and children understand, evaluate and accept what they are taught -- how we come to know the things that we know.

No more four year olds in kindergarten in California

California has moved up the cutoff for kindergarten enrollment, but it offers an alternative for the older four-year-old.

Bilingual Learning: Inside the mind of a bilingual child (VIDEO)

Bilingual immersion programs are growing in popularity all over California, but are there actual benefits to programs that teach multiple languages at the elementary level?

Bilingual Learning: The science, options and dilemma of dual language education

In part one of her 3-part series, education reporter Deepa Fernandes takes a look at the way young minds develop when exposed regularly to multiple languages.

Know a stellar preschool teacher?

LAUP seeks nominations for Annual Preschool Teacher of the Year award.

How to talk to your kids about school violence

In the middle of a tragedy, we are all drawn to listen and watch the news. But a USC pediatrician says parents of young children should be careful what images they see.

Talking to toddlers about race and tolerance

How do children develop their ideas about race? Research says babies notice skin color in their first year and parents should talk to kids about difference.

Why your baby needs a flu shot

With CDC officials predicting the worst flu season in years, parents are encouraged to vaccinate children from 6 months old.

Does California's 'open adoption' system help heal a baby's separation wound?

In these days when a birth mother can chose parents for her baby on the web and be an active part of her child's life, is the trauma associated with adoption over?

Parent Cafe gatherings teach men how to be better dads

Babies don't come with instruction manuals. But now men can train to become more engaged parents. We stop in on one fatherhood training session to learn more.

Organization supplies two LA middle schools with computers

Will having computers and internet access at home help kids from low-income families do better in school? Two South Central public schools will test the theory.

What makes a work place 'family friendly?'

What would you do if your child woke up with a 104 fever? Would your employer let you stay home? Meet some Los Angeles employers who rank high on the family-friendly scale.

MAP: Where to register by today's deadline to vote in November

Los Angeles County officials will provide 19 locations for people to register before midnight. Neighboring counties have similar efforts. See our map for more information.

Inglewood neighbors mourn victims of deadly shootings

Police have tentatively identified the remains of a man as their suspect in the attack on an Inglewood family early Saturday. Somber neighbors say he seemed "normal."

Deadline looms to register to vote for November elections

The deadline to register to vote in the November 6 presidential election is midnight, Monday. Californians can now go online to complete the registration process.