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
Early childhood this week is all about health and nutrition: FDA on formula, Hilary and Latino families and UNICEF on global child malnutrition.
Hanging out with two Highland Park third graders — and their families — I learned about the hard work that goes into bridging the class divide.
New report finds between 2009-2013 number of kids attending subsidized preschool leveled off at about 40 percent. Meantime, the achievement gap widened.
A new report finds 20 child gunshot victims hospitalized every day in the U.S. and calls on pediatricians to talk about safe gun storage with parents.
Obama called for a “race to the top” for the nation’s youngest children. It was exactly the kind of thing early childhood education advocates were hoping to hear.
The study found that while just over 10 percent of girls were “extremely worried” about weight issues, only about 5 percent of boys had the same concern.
Parents have to perform logistical acrobatics to make the three-hour daily sessions work. And researchers say full day programs are just better.
Too much television can alter a child’s brain structure – and not in a good way – one study shows. Another says novels cause positive changes in students' brains.
Just over $1 billion was allocated to fund educational programs - $612 million above pre-sequestration levels. That's a nearly 14 percent increase.
When No Child Left Behind became law in 2002, Head Start educators had to administer standardized tests in order to get federal funding. A lot has changed since then.
We adults may not be the greatest resolution-keepers, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t encourage our kids to start the year right.
Compton school board president thinks preschool is the answer to many of Compton's bigger issues, like poverty and unemployment.
State law requires school districts to provide Transitional Kindergarten to get state funding. One rich district in San Mateo County says it doesn't need the money.
If passed, the bi-partisan federal budget deal will bring some much needed funding back to Head Start. In Sacramento, Democrats are pushing for preschool funding.
Eyeing that cute, Marvel Captain America super-hero shield for your toddler this Christmas? A new report that found it contains 29 times the legal limit for lead.