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
The California Department of Education's grant request would create 3,700 preschool slots, many in communities where parents struggle to find childcare.
Arne Duncan, U.S. education secretary, told preschool advocates in Los Angeles that early education should be made available to more children.
Following the resignation of Los Angeles Unified's John Deasy, the union representing teachers urged an open process in selecting the next superintendent.
As the minimum wage debate grows, there's one group of workers who are among those making low wages even with college degrees: preschool teachers.
For some single parents, child care in California can be the biggest expense in their household budgets, approaching 40 percent.
Surfing. Street art. Hip hop. Topics not typically part of the news that comes from Africa, but that's the point of a new series of short films part of a project called My Africa Is.
LAUSD preschools employ 86 percent teachers of color. Is this the answer to pre-kindergarten success or is teacher quality more important?
Can a beautiful building transform a beleaguered neighborhood? Frank Gehry's project is part of a large vision that would help change Watts.
Non-whites, low-income households and Democrats are most likely to support spending federal funds on expanding preschool access.
A new report by a civil rights advocacy group finds in poorer Los Angeles County neighborhoods, parents of children under 5 struggle to find child care, preschools.
Advocates say children should spend their early years with caring preschool teachers and a proven curriculum. For some newly-arrived immigrants, that's a tough sell.
While nowhere near the massive universal preschool plan proposed, Department of Education announces $250 million in preschool expansion grants.
A loan program from a nonprofit in the San Francisco Bay area is helping child care providers weather the uncertainties of waiting for state reimbursement.
The most common difficulty children faced was economic hardships. California kids fared a little better than the national average.
For years, websites have offered free preschool handouts or activity guides. Now, parents can get an entire preschool curriculum from a computer.