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

Should preschool teachers be evaluated on student performance?

A new report looks at whether Pre-K to 3rd grade teachers should be evaluated based on student achievement, even though their students don't take standardized tests.

Study: small amounts of formula can help breastfeeding

Researchers find newborns given a small amount of formula while the mother’s milk comes in are more likely to be exclusively breastfeeding at three months old.

FDA warns pregnant women against taking certain drugs

Valproate products, commonly used to treat migraines or seizures, can lead to lower IQ in children whose mother's took the drug while pregnant.

Report: Co-sleeping, cluttered cribs, top accidental deaths for LA Co. children (video)

Officials launch aggressive campaign to convince parents to stop sleeping habits with their babies, saying co-sleeping and other hazards kill a baby every five days.

Jury's still out on educational value of iPad apps

As "educational" apps multiply by the day, research is only starting to keep up. One preschool director bans screens in her classrooms, saying they kill creativity.

LA firefighters shifted to EMT duty to accommodate increase in 911 calls

On Sunday the Los Angeles Fire Department shifted dozens of firefighters to serve as emergency medical providers in the Department's ambulances.

Good brush clearance by Glendale residents key in quick fire containment

When Captain Harges of Glendale’s Fire Company 23 heard a fire had broken out in Chevy Chase Canyon Friday, he feared the worst.

UCLA, museum help turn children into 'pre-scientists'

The university's preschools are among a handful teaching basic scientific concepts and reasoning to children. It is part of a series looking at science education.

Study gives subsidized California pre-k a mediocre grade

California got a mediocre grade in both access to preschool and the quality of the programs in a new study that found $500 million drop in funding nationwide.

California school districts evaluated for achievement gap

Recently we reported on two schools in the Baldwin Park school district that have unique programs: a high school that helps teenage parents stay in school, and an elementary school where teaching a dual language immersion program is yielding top results.

How to find kids' books with minority characters

Many parents have complained for years about the lack of diversity in books for the 0 to 5 set. University researchers and a local parent offer a few resources.

How story time's rhymes and puppets lead to literacy

Listening and speaking and thinking are foundations for reading and writing and very good librarians have a gift for making learning effortless.

#KidReads: Which children's book do you or your child hold most dear?

Everyone has a favorite children's book—yet what parents and kids love is not always the same. KPCC early childhood development correspondent Deepa Fernandes is working on a project that looks at what makes a successful children's book, and she wants to hear from you. Which is your favorite children's book? Let us know!

Publishers share secrets of what makes a good kids' book

Some children's books are so irresistible, they elicit cries of: read it again! And again. These stories are usually simple. But that doesn’t mean they’re easy to write.

Obama proposes $1 per pack cigarette tax to fund preschools

President Obama is proposing a tax hike today to pay for his “Preschool for All” plan. The size of the proposed tax is nearly twice earlier estimates: 94 cent per pack of cigarettes.