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

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.

Obama reportedly following California's lead on Pre-K

When he presents his budget Wednesday, the president will outline a scheme to fund universal preschool with cigarette taxes, the White House has confirmed.

Can learning in two languages help poor kids succeed?

At an elementary school in Baldwin Park, children receiving a bilingual education appear to be vaulting over the achievement gap.

Are preschool teachers healthy role models for children?

A University of Texas study of the nutrition knowledge -- and practices -- of a group of preschool teachers may surprise you.

High school gives teen parents a chance to finish school (Photos)

School offers child care program – but will sequestration cuts force it to scale back?

When should kids start learning about sex?

The Chicago board of education is mandating that school begin sex education in kindergarten. Too soon?

Finally some new funds for early childhood education

The California State Assembly is giving $10 million to the CalWORKs Stage 3 program to fund more childcare seats.

Reading helps low-income kids get ahead, new study finds.

As the costs and benefits of subsidized preschool are being hotly debated, a new study from Australia finds that the path to success in life for a preschooler begins with the bedtime story.