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

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.

Report: California ranks low on preschool quality and access

Even though California spent $45 million more on early education last year than it did the year before, the state only managed to enroll 298 more kids in preschool.

Teen birth rates dropped dramatically among blacks and Hispanics

Teen birth rates around the nation are down by almost half since 2006. Among blacks and Hispanic teens, birth rates fell by 44 percent and 51 percent, respectively.

Presidential candidates have delivered some pretty ‘meh’ speeches this race. Here’s why.

What happened to elegantly crafted speeches? Take Two asked a campaign speechwriter.

What parents should know about teen genital cosmetic surgery

There has been an uptick in the number of teen girls who are seeking genital cosmetic surgery, according to a report from the New York Times.

Thousands of Latino children in California were uncounted in 2010 census

A new report from the Child Trends Hispanic Institute and NALEO shows that over 40 thousand Latino children were not counted in the last 2010 census.

With the 1st pick in the NFL draft, the Rams select... who?

L.A.'s newest team need a franchise Quarterback and they've got the No. 1 pick to make it happen. Do they select Cal's Jared Goff or ND State's Carson Wentz?

California voters think childcare workers are underpaid

A recent poll says that more than 60 percent of Californians want a greater investment in infant and toddler care from the state.

Did the census forget to count 400,000 Latino kids?

A new report says that 400,000 Latino infants and toddlers went uncounted in the 2010 Census, affecting money for programs like Head Start.

Poll: Californians support spending budget surplus on preschool

New poll results show residents statewide believe preschool education matters to educational success and that the state should provide preschool to all 4-year-olds.