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

Harm at Home: In South LA, lead scourge of decades past persists

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.

FAQ: What you need to know about lead in the home

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.

Report: Culture of low expectations hurts immigrant preschoolers

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.

South LA relatives caring for children of kin seek equal treatment

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.

Chronic illness keeping young kids out of school, study says

For early learners, illnesses like asthma rather than truancy are major causes for school absences, according to a new report.

How to help stem later bullying behavior in young children

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.

More diversity in student population as new school begins

Southern California students and those across the country return to classes in coming weeks and their diversity reflects the changing face of the country.

Experts say curtail summer learning loss by reading to kids

Students lose weeks of learning during the summer. Reading helps, and new research suggests reading books is even better than talking to kids.

Teachers can attend Common Core summer school

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.

California ranked near bottom in economic security for kids

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.

Good social skills in kindergarten predicts better life outcomes, study shows

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.

Weight gain in women may be rooted in childhood, study says

A new study finds childhood stress, even more than adult stress, may cause women to gain weight as they get older.

In Scandinavia, universal preschool is a given

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?

Dual-language 4th graders rival AP high schoolers in Mandarin, study says

Fourth and fifth graders in a Mandarin immersion program reached linguistic competency comparable to high schoolers in Advanced Placement courses, researchers found.

State law change to allow more 4-year-olds in preschool

Los Angeles Unified officials helped lobby for more state dollars to fund transitional kindergarten.