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

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.

What to tell your child when a caregiver dies

When young children encounter the loss of someone close like a caregiver, what should parents do to explain death and help their sons and daughters cope?

Cleaner LA air means kids' lungs are much healthier, USC study finds

A new study finds that improvements in local air quality over 20 years has resulted in kids whose lungs are nearly as healthy as those who live in clean-air zones.

In search of good, Spanish-language kids books

Educators advise parents to look for books beyond Spanish versions of popular English books and seek out literature that offers rich language.

Child care bill seeks to expand subsidies, allow unions

A new bill aims to increase the number of subsidized child care spaces for low-income families and allow child care providers to unionize.

How do kids learn? One charter says not through test prep

A Long Beach charter school says its students are succeeding academically, but officials say low test scores argue for its closure.

MIlitary helps service members find childcare

A new website,, aims to ease the search for child care by military parents, who can move as often as every two to three years.

7 tips for getting kids to eat less salt

Packaged foods for young eaters can exceed recommended sodium levels, nutrition experts say. Their advice: read the labels, reduce the salt. Here's how.

How homelessness impacts the youngest children

As Los Angeles County counts its homeless, experts say infants are the largest single group among that population, and the impact on development can be significant.