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

First Person: LaVal Brewer uses play to improve kids' school performance

Brewer heads Playworks Southern California, which works at increasing play at schools, with the goal of improving overall behavior and academic performance.

Dads: bills would give you access to infant changing tables

A new feature may be coming to men's restrooms: infant changing tables. Two bills in Sacramento seek to ensure equal access for men in public places.

New studies laud state preschools, transitional kindergarten

Two separate studies out Wednesday by nonprofit groups dig into California's Head Start and "transitional kindergarten" - mostly bringing good news.

Coming soon to a daycare near you: No more smoking

Assembly approves to extend ban on smoking in child-care centers to all times of the day, even when children are not present.

5 tips for grandparents to engage with tech-savvy kids

What, exactly, are the grandkids doing on those noisy devices, you may ask. And, what does this iOS alert mean? Flappy what? Read on, dearest grandparents.

Nonprofits get nearly $1m to train parents to advocate

Both Los Angeles groups said they will train parents in minority communities to influence how L.A. Unified spends new statewide funding.

Fussy babies watch more TV as toddlers.

New study finds fussy infants were more likely to watch more TV every day as toddlers, though the differences were small. Could this be a parental coping strategy?

Is kindergarten too easy? New research says yes

Research shows 5-year-olds are capable of more complex learning than we throw at them. But should children be pushed more academically in kindergarten?

New report calls for overhaul of California childcare system

The state’s Legislative Analyst’s Office finds "serious flaws" in the system that helps California's low-income families pay for childcare.

New study links preschool to better health in adulthood

Researchers working with Nobel Laureate, James Heckman studied data following babies through adulthood. They found a link between preschool and better health.

Congress extends funding for new mom home visits by nurses

Designed to provide intensive in-home services to at-risk mothers who are pregnant or have a child under 2 years old, the program has bi-partisan support.

As deadline looms, advocates make final pitch for Obamacare

Thousands at South L.A. church hear calls to sign up for insurance if they don't already have it.

Protesters say proposed Metro rate hikes will hurt poor and minorities

Calling it an issue of "economic justice," demonstrators rally outside MTA headquarters to oppose the fare hike proposals.

Push to add Pre-K to Calif public schools gains traction

The effort to add a permanent new grade known as Transitional Kindergarten to California's public school system mirrors a national movement.

Report: New preschools boost economy more than construction

Business leaders in Kentucky want preschool expansion. They put out a report showing spending by new preschools beats construction, other sectors.