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

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.

Polluted Preschools: 169 LA childcare centers are too close to freeways

A KPCC investigation found 169 childcare centers located too close to highly-trafficked freeways, putting small children's health at risk.

7 things to know about dual-language schools in LA

Dual-language schools, also known as two-way immersion schools, are becoming a popular option for parents in Southern California.

Preschool advocates cheer new Assembly speaker, one of their own

Before he was speaker of the California Assembly, Anthony Rendon ran preschools in Los Angeles. Now, early childhood advocates hope he'll keep them top of mind.

Not just Flint: Environmental contamination in LA

Southern California Public Radio's Early Childhood correspondent, Deepa Fernandes breaks down environmental contamination in Los Angeles.

How do we solve the preschool crisis?

California has a preschool access problem. Here are four ideas policymakers and advocates are considering to help solve the problem, with the pros and cons of each.

In Silicon Valley, a bold approach to preschool access

In a child care desert, with high rates of poverty and crime, one neighborhood tries a different approach to help more children prepare for kindergarten.

LAO gives mixed grade to governor's childcare overhaul plan

The governor's new plan may help solve some of the confusion rampant in the state's early childhood system, but it might make other problems worse, the Legislative Analyst's Office finds.

A case against Walmart that could improve LGBT rights in the workplace

Over a thousand current and former employees have filed  suit against the retail giant Walmart over health benefits for same sex couples.

Biologists fascinated by three-legged bobcat

Before releasing her into the wild, National Parks Service video-recorded a bobcat, put a tracking device on her and gave her a name: B337.