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
An afternoon preschool program will close, an early example of how the reductions are affecting local families. Head Start will suffer its biggest cut in 50 years.
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.
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.
Valproate products, commonly used to treat migraines or seizures, can lead to lower IQ in children whose mother's took the drug while pregnant.
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.
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.
On Sunday the Los Angeles Fire Department shifted dozens of firefighters to serve as emergency medical providers in the Department's ambulances.
When Captain Harges of Glendale’s Fire Company 23 heard a fire had broken out in Chevy Chase Canyon Friday, he feared the worst.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Listening and speaking and thinking are foundations for reading and writing and very good librarians have a gift for making learning effortless.
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!
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.