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
Some larger preschools will ride out cuts to Los Angeles public preschool funding, but many smaller family daycares face closure.
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.
Activating philanthropy to work with social service providers can help more fully address children's needs before they start preschool, researchers said Wednesday.
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.
Speaking before a California state subcommittee on education finance, advocates spoke out against what they argued is a rushed and confused policy proposal.
Real-life science lessons in Lincoln Heights are leading to student advocates for cleaner air.
A KPCC investigation found 169 childcare centers located too close to highly-trafficked freeways, putting small children's health at risk.
Dual-language schools, also known as two-way immersion schools, are becoming a popular option for parents in Southern California.
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.
Southern California Public Radio's Early Childhood correspondent, Deepa Fernandes breaks down environmental contamination in Los Angeles.
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 a child care desert, with high rates of poverty and crime, one neighborhood tries a different approach to help more children prepare for kindergarten.
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.
Over a thousand current and former employees have filed suit against the retail giant Walmart over health benefits for same sex couples.
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.