Deepa Fernandes Early Childhood Development Correspondent
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 South Los Angeles, as with many inner city communities, addressing mold and roaches that contribute to asthma and chronic school absences takes a broader approach.
Lead-based paint was banned in the 1970s, yet in the old housing of South Los Angeles, peeling paint continues to impact the health of children.
If you know or suspect your home is exposed to lead, either through paint, dust tracked in from the outside or other sources, here's some information that can help.
A new study from the Migration Policy Institute says young immigrant children can be hurt by discrimination in school, leading to a lack of interest in academics.
Grandmothers, aunts and uncles who care for children of relatives unable to do it themselves want what non-relatives get from the foster care system.
For early learners, illnesses like asthma rather than truancy are major causes for school absences, according to a new report.
A Child Trends study of available research examines how preschool behavior might be a predictor of a middle-school bully and suggests how parents can help steer their children right.
Southern California students and those across the country return to classes in coming weeks and their diversity reflects the changing face of the country.
Students lose weeks of learning during the summer. Reading helps, and new research suggests reading books is even better than talking to kids.
At one-day summits around the state, thousands of teachers will meet to talk about the Common Core and how they can improve teaching of the learning standards.
The KIDS COUNT report finds California improved the health status of its children, but dropped next to last in providing for their economic well-being.
Sharing and playing nice in kindergarten may be more important than academics when it comes to attending college, holding a job and avoiding prison later in life.
A new study finds childhood stress, even more than adult stress, may cause women to gain weight as they get older.
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?
Fourth and fifth graders in a Mandarin immersion program reached linguistic competency comparable to high schoolers in Advanced Placement courses, researchers found.