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

Experts: Lazy summers hurt kids' education (poll)

Studies shows that summer learning loss is responsible for up to two thirds of the gap in reading for low income students. But there are no free summer preschools in L.A.

Teens use beats and rhymes to process Zimmerman acquittal

Social media lit up with anger after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin. Much of it came from teens and early twentysomethings.

For 60 years, residents protest freeway expansion on the Fourth

For 60 years, residents have marched in the South Pasadena July Fourth parade to protest the extension of the 710 freeway. Their target this year: tunnels.

LA among 100 cities to hold 'Restore the Fourth' rallies against NSA spying

Rallies against digital government surveillance programs are planned this Fourth of July in about 100 cities across the U.S. including Los Angeles.

Small town tradition endures for July Fourth

In Westchester and Playa del Rey, residents have been gluing and hammering for weeks, getting ready for a July Fourth float parade. Competition is fierce.

Parents furious after LAUSD closes indigenous charter school

L.A. Unified says the school has financial problems and it's test scores aren't good enough. Parents and administrators point to 100 percent graduation rate.

California children facing poor economic conditions, education

A new study shows that more children nationwide are living in poverty than previous years — and California kids are faring particularly poorly.

House makes cuts to food stamps in farm bill

Advocates for the poor in Southern California say the cuts will make matters worse for struggling families. The House and Senate must reconcile differences in their bills.

Study: working mothers' kids do just as well academicaly

In study of 40,000 children, researchers find no academic disadvantage to children whose mothers returned to work early compared to those with stay-at-home moms.

Rollout of California program offers glimpse of universal Pre-K

A year in, Transitional Kindergarten had it's share of struggles and successes. The new grade may offer lessons on how universal Pre-K would work — or stumble.

Pediatricians urged to screen infants for 'toxic stress'

The American Academy of Pediatriacs wants its physician members to begin looking for signs of prolonged stress in babies. It can hamper brain development.

State by state funding amounts announced for early learning

California gets more money for universal preschool than any other state because it has more pre-school kids living in poverty.

1 in 5 children suffer mental illness. What's being done?

Mental health issues in children are increasing. Fortunately, there are ways to deal with such issues as obsessive compulsive disorder.

Princesses: Does American culture give girls the wrong values? (poll)

From Disney princesses to overly sexualized dolls, American culture may be imparting the wrong values to young girls, critics say.

Sequester cuts trickle down to Monrovia Head Start program

An afternoon preschool program will close, an early example of how the reductions are affecting local families. Head Start will suffer its biggest cut in 50 years.