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

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.

Day care providers face closure due to funding loss

Some larger preschools will ride out cuts to Los Angeles public preschool funding, but many smaller family daycares face closure.

How will the looming loss of LA preschool seats affect the economy?

A new report estimates that the economic toll on Los Angeles county from the loss of funding for thousands of preschool seats later this year will be almost $600 million annually.

Looking for early childhood solutions beyond preschool

Activating philanthropy to work with social service providers can help more fully address children's needs before they start preschool, researchers said Wednesday.

Child care costs more than college tuition in California

Two new reports reinforce the myriad of problems with the current system and present alternative suggestions for improving the lot of children under the age of 5.

Budget subcommittee rejects Brown's early education proposal

Speaking before a California state subcommittee on education finance, advocates spoke out against what they argued is a rushed and confused policy proposal.

Students track the invisible threat of air pollution

Real-life science lessons in Lincoln Heights are leading to student advocates for cleaner air.