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: 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?

5 tips for teaching toddlers water conservation

With California in a serious drought, it may be time to enlist tiny water police. From sources near and far, five tips to teach toddlers about conservation.

Education secretary to governors: Boost early education

At governors' meeting, Sec. Arne Duncan told governors that expansion is coming. Even exemplary plans still have wait lists, though.

Child abuse higher in areas of income inequality

Previous research has examined the connections between income inequality and health and well-being, but this is the first study of how the rich-poor gap might increase child maltreatment.

Advocate proposes increase in LA schools' early education

The Advancement Project is proposing L.A. Unified spend $44 million to restore 2,000 preschool and child care seats - a fraction of those lost since the recession.

Voters may be asked to legalize bilingual education

A voter-approved initiative made California's classrooms English-only - with a big loophole. A bill in Sacramento would ask voters to repeal Prop 227.

Report: Linking data could improve prechool quality

Report says linking data helps “answer key policy questions" about what's working in preschool. But only one state does so - and it's not California.

Bellflower childcare provider becomes advocate for change

Bellflower childcare provider Tonia McMillian has become an advocate for her peers. He next goals? Unionization and a voice in state policy decisions.

Study: talking to pre-term babies helps language development

New study links increased communication with premature infants in NICU with increased language development into toddler-hood.