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

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.

First Person: Dr. Corazon Navarro treats pregnant prison inmates

Many of the pregnant prisoners at the California Institute for Women in Chino have had no previous prenatal care, and are struggling with drug abuse/and or STD's.

Rep. Waters: LA shuts down minority-run Head Start Centers

Congresswoman Maxine Waters asked federal officials to investigate L.A. County for discriminating against Head Start programs run by Latinos and African Americans.

Childcare subsidy bill seeks to increase provider training

The Child Care and Development Block Grant would require states to invest in training for early childhood workers. It would also provide some stability for families.

Startup meets co-op as frustrated parents start their own school

Frustrated with district politics and the quality of their kids' educations, some parents are using a Silicon Valley start-up model to create a new school.

East LA families worry about lead from Exide plant; how to get tested

Elevated lead in soil at a local preschool and homes worries local communities. State officials don't require lead testing at child care sites. Find out how to get tested here.

Study: Head Start benefits high for kids who get less at home

The study study found Head Start benefits children with little or no academic stimulation at home most, but doesn't counter concerns that the program's benefits tend to wear away over time.

Pre-K advocates cheer Obama's 2015 budget proposal

Obama's 2015 budget proposes universal Pre-K - same as it did last year. Advocates cheer the $75 billion plan, but will it pass?