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

Former Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky remembers Ed Edelman

After the passing of influential former L.A. County Supervisor Ed Edelman, former L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky spoke with Take Two about Edelman's legacy.

Who would benefit from Trump's childcare plan?

Will Trump's plan include paid maternity leave, tax deductions for parents? Details are expected tonight.

When sugar beat science: The decades-old study that doomed our diets

What happens when you combine Harvard researchers, money, and an unscrupulous trade group? Answer: a massive conflict of interest.

What the pho? Cooking video has critics steaming

Bon Appetit is finding themselves in some hot water after releasing a video titled "PSA: This is how you should be eating Pho" featuring a non-Vietnamese chef.

Study finds achievement gap between rich and poor kindergarteners narrows

Researchers wanted to look at whether the achievement gap already exists when children enter kindergarten. They found that the gap is smaller than you might expect.

In Airbnb's discrimination stumbles, start-ups see an opportunity

Airbnb recently released a report addressing the company's work to "fight against discrimination and build inclusion". But is it possible to stop discrimination in the era of shared housing?

What it really means to be ready for kindergarten

Pitting desks and worksheets against sandpits and swings in the debate over how to prepare children for kindergarten.

Gentrification: how a changing neighborhood affects local schools

Take Two's Deepa Fernandes speaks with KQED reporter, Zaidee Stavely about the impact gentrification has on local schools and the diversity of the students.

LAUSD preschool curriculum donated by billionaire

A new, play-based curriculum rolling out in LAUSD preschools is a gift of T. Denny Sanford, whose banking practices have been criticized.

More seats for 4-year-olds at LA Unified under Transitional Kindergarten expansion

Making good on a promise from two years ago, Los Angeles Unified has increased the number of preschool seats on its campuses.

LAUSD doubles number of transitional kindergarten classrooms

The expansion is being praised by early education advocates, even some who historically have been critical of LAUSD's efforts to serve children under 5.

Transitional kindergarten debate hinges on neediest students

Gov. Jerry Brown believes that state early education funds should only go to the neediest students. But advocates say a plan to do that could hurt poor kids anyway.

Bringing brain development 101 to kids who miss preschool

A social service agency is trying to train parents in child development skills in an attempt to close gaps between kids who attend preschool and kids who don't.

New census methods include outreach to young children

Census officials are trying new ways of reaching hard-to-find residents, including teaching their children to be evangelists for the count.

Preschool advocates dismayed at Brown's plan

Governor doesn’t believe the state should pay for middle- and upper-income children to attend transitional kindergarten, says analyst at the California Department of Finance.