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

Preschool spending makes the cut in budget deal

Lawmakers approved $268 million for expanding preschool access and improving quality of programs. The bill goes to Gov. Jerry Brown for signature.

California budget agreement expands subsidized preschool

California's littlest children stand to gain from next year's budget: more infant care and preschool access for low-income families.

Do boys' brains develop slower than girls?

Magazine articles and mommy blogs says boys' brains just aren't ready for the increasingly academic rigors of preschool. Is it true?

Successful Family Literacy program at LA schools to close

A read along program that taught parents how to read with their kids showed gains that lasted well into elementary school. But it's grant has run out.

Tiny indigenous charter school wins big victory

A year after L.A. Unified moved to shutter an Indigenous charter school in El Sereno, state officials grant it a license to operate.

How young is too young to be suspended from school?

Nationwide, thousands of kids are suspended from preschool, which is becoming more and more academic. Experts say expulsion rates drop when teachers are coached.

First Person: LaVal Brewer uses play to improve kids' school performance

Brewer heads Playworks Southern California, which works at increasing play at schools, with the goal of improving overall behavior and academic performance.

Dads: bills would give you access to infant changing tables

A new feature may be coming to men's restrooms: infant changing tables. Two bills in Sacramento seek to ensure equal access for men in public places.

New studies laud state preschools, transitional kindergarten

Two separate studies out Wednesday by nonprofit groups dig into California's Head Start and "transitional kindergarten" - mostly bringing good news.

Coming soon to a daycare near you: No more smoking

Assembly approves to extend ban on smoking in child-care centers to all times of the day, even when children are not present.

5 tips for grandparents to engage with tech-savvy kids

What, exactly, are the grandkids doing on those noisy devices, you may ask. And, what does this iOS alert mean? Flappy what? Read on, dearest grandparents.

Nonprofits get nearly $1m to train parents to advocate

Both Los Angeles groups said they will train parents in minority communities to influence how L.A. Unified spends new statewide funding.

Fussy babies watch more TV as toddlers.

New study finds fussy infants were more likely to watch more TV every day as toddlers, though the differences were small. Could this be a parental coping strategy?

Is kindergarten too easy? New research says yes

Research shows 5-year-olds are capable of more complex learning than we throw at them. But should children be pushed more academically in kindergarten?

New report calls for overhaul of California childcare system

The state’s Legislative Analyst’s Office finds "serious flaws" in the system that helps California's low-income families pay for childcare.