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

Does teacher race matter to preschool success for children?

LAUSD preschools employ 86 percent teachers of color. Is this the answer to pre-kindergarten success or is teacher quality more important?

Frank Gehry-designed social service campus planned for Watts

Can a beautiful building transform a beleaguered neighborhood? Frank Gehry's project is part of a large vision that would help change Watts.

Poll shows strong support for universal preschool nationwide

Non-whites, low-income households and Democrats are most likely to support spending federal funds on expanding preschool access.

Child care hard to find in some parts of LA

A new report by a civil rights advocacy group finds in poorer Los Angeles County neighborhoods, parents of children under 5 struggle to find child care, preschools.

Preschool not an easy sell for some new immigrants

Advocates say children should spend their early years with caring preschool teachers and a proven curriculum. For some newly-arrived immigrants, that's a tough sell.

Federal education officials to fund preschool expansion

While nowhere near the massive universal preschool plan proposed, Department of Education announces $250 million in preschool expansion grants.

Zero-interest loans keeping childcare centers afloat

A loan program from a nonprofit in the San Francisco Bay area is helping child care providers weather the uncertainties of waiting for state reimbursement.

Half of US children have suffered trauma, report says

The most common difficulty children faced was economic hardships. California kids fared a little better than the national average.

Can a 4-year-old learn from online preschool?

For years, websites have offered free preschool handouts or activity guides. Now, parents can get an entire preschool curriculum from a computer.

Record number of Calif. High school graduates 'biliterate'

A record number of graduating high schoolers achieved an academic standard known as "biliteracy," jumping from 19,000 students last year to more than 24,000 in 2014.

Former World Cup player John O'Brien on the future of US soccer

Former U.S. national player John O'Brien scored one of the most memorable goals in U.S. World Cup history: a first strike against Portugal in 2002, which ignited a celebration and a run to the quarter-finals.

Swimmer awareness is crucial as shark populations in California increase

There was a shark attack off the coast of Manhattan Beach yesterday that left one swimmer injured. But as the shark population grows we have to get more comfortable swimming with big marine animals says one shark expert.

Civil Grand Jury criticizes First 5 LA's priorities, spending

The L.A. County Civil Grand Jury slams First 5 over administrative overhead, planning and follow through on initiatives.

Paid family leave law expands the definition of family

Starting Tuesday, California's expanded Paid Family Leave Law allows workers to take paid time off to care for extended family members.

Parent coaching program helps babies with 'toxic stress'

An innovative program at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles tries to head off mental health issues in older children by improving their home lives when they're babies.