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

Child care costs now comparable to college tuition

When it comes to the affordability of child care, a new report gives California an F. Infant care in 2012 ate up 44 percent of wages in single-earner families.

Childhood obesity: scientists explore pollution and sleep as possible causes

USC scientists will study possible links between pollution from busy roadways and obesity. Temple University researchers have found kids who sleep more eat less.

Cedars and UCLA stop handing out formula bags to new mothers

They join a growing list of hospitals across the country to promote exclusive breastfeeding by ending the formula freebies for new mothers.

Some experts say kids lose when drills replace play

Increased learning standards mean less play - even for the littlest kids. And some are worried about what children are losing in the process.

How much screen time should your kids get?

The American Association of Pediatrics has released new guidelines on children's use of electronic devices. The limits may surprise you.

Anti-obesity program to target home child care providers

Advocates say one in five children is obese by age six. A healthy eating and physical activity campaign aims to fix that by training day care providers.

Report: Federal spending on children drops again

Children are currently the direct and indirect beneficiaries of less than 8 percent of the federal budget — and that figure has been shrinking for years.

Report: Child welfare systems not tailored to needs of youngest kids

A national survey finds that state welfare agencies do not consider the unique needs of infants and toddlers — but California is doing better than most states.

LA Unified may expand preschool with new state funds

The Los Angeles Unified School District is considering spending new state money for disadvantaged kids into restoring preschools and other early education programs to set them on the right path from the start.

Indigenous charter school loses appeal to renew license

An indigenous charter school shut down by L.A. Unified failed in its appeal to the Los Angeles County office of Education. But it's not done fighting.

9 fun ways to help your child learn letters

Ideas and sources from around the web to help your preschooler learn letters, tell time, practice cutting and pasting - and other screen-free fun.

Head Start program for farm workers facing changes

The Encanto Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Center in Oxnard runs from January to September, the area's typical planting and growing season. But as the season goes year round, the program can't keep up.

The pressure to get kindergarten 'right' makes for anxious parents

Many parents start the Kindergarten process a year before that school starts, when they began researching schools. The array of options can be, well, crazy-making.

Cutting administrative costs still hurts the neediest families

How one school district has dealt with federal sequestration cuts to Head Start programming.

Study: Kindergarten behavior can predict later drug abuse

A new study finds boys with anti-social behavior in kindergarten are likely to abuse drugs later in life — unless they get intensive intervention in tween years.