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

Study: kids in poverty have smaller brains

Researchers found that children exposed to poverty from an early age had smaller “brain volumes” in the regions of the brain that process emotions and memory.

LA Unified unveils swanky new preschool in Glassell Park

Until now, the district offered no pre-kindergarten classes in Glassell Park, which is majority Latino and low-income. Parents pay $2 to $17.75 a day, based on income.

Online breast milk sharing now common, but is it safe?

The Internet is brimming with breast milk sharing collectives, milk banks and even individuals offering excess milk. But one study found lots of bacteria.

Report: US children under 3 more diverse, battling poverty

White children under 3 years old made up 49.5% of the population in 2012, dropping below majority for the first time. One quarter of young kids live in poverty.

Serving healthy meals to preschoolers in a 'food desert'

Compton daycare providers brainstorm about salad bars during the inaugural training session of a $6.1 million L.A. county initiative to improve toddler's lunches.

New study: achievement gap begins at 18 months

Stanford researchers found the language gap between children of low socio-economic groups and their more well-to-do peers begins as young as 18 months old.

Advocates buzzing over upcoming universal preschool bill

The first significant legislation on early childhood education in more than a decade will be introduced in Congress Wednesday.

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.