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

In Scandinavia, universal preschool is a given

Parents, regardless of income, can count on preschool for all children in Scandinavian countries like Denmark and Norway. Might they be a model for California?

Dual-language 4th graders rival AP high schoolers in Mandarin, study says

Fourth and fifth graders in a Mandarin immersion program reached linguistic competency comparable to high schoolers in Advanced Placement courses, researchers found.

State law change to allow more 4-year-olds in preschool

Los Angeles Unified officials helped lobby for more state dollars to fund transitional kindergarten.

Kindergartener's 'great' year of Mandarin immersion

After nine months seeing her daughter learn largely in Mandarin, a Duarte parent's doubts about the dual immersion program are dispelled.

Group seeks roadmap for state's early education services

Advocates are forming a commission to help improve California's early education system in the face of budget cuts to services.

Minimum wage increase may have unforeseen consequences

Helping poor families by raising the minimum wage may disqualify some from subsidized child care while child care providers say their businesses will be squeezed.

SoCal cities racing to regulate Airbnb as its popularity climbs

Many communities never anticipated businesses like Airbnb to explode, leaving them with legal headaches.

Tax credit can help families risking poverty, report says

A new Public Policy Institute of California report says the Earned Income Tax Credit can help keep families at risk for poverty.

Janitors act as messengers to spread word on early education

A UCLA Labor Center program works with janitors to inform more immigrant families about the importance of preschools and early learning.

Educators: Common Core not a stretch in Spanish classes

There are challenges, but students in dual-language classes in California are learning Common Core concepts in languages other than English.

Playgrounds emerge from vacant lots in South LA

Vacant and abandoned lots in Watts and other parts of South Los Angeles are being turned into parks for children and families.

Gene analysis reveals vital data on kids at risk for cancer

Children's Hospital Los Angeles is among the providers advancing genetic analysis that can uncover with certainty if a child will develop diseases like eye cancer.

Los Angeles Unified considers killing preschool program

A proposal to save money by eliminating a popular preschool program for low-income families has drawn the ire of more than 100 parents, teachers and tiny students.

As smoking declines, so do revenues to fund preschool

Users are giving up smoking, so the search is underway to find another source of revenue to fund preschools that operate with tobacco tax revenues.

Many teachers ill-prepared to teach Common Core

The president of the California Board of Education says it will take time before Common Core instruction on such skills as critical thinking can be fully rolled out.