Priska Neely

Senior Early Childhood Reporter

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Priska Neely covers issues facing children 0-5 and those who care for them, and the policies and research that shape early childhood.

She co-reported Broke: Why more California families are becoming homeless, which won the award for best radio documentary from the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California. She joined the station in 2015, as KPCC’s arts education reporter. Prior to that, Priska was at NPR for “Weekend All Things Considered” and “Talk of the Nation.”

Priska was born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland, where she spent her first five years in her mom’s home day care. She studied journalism at New York University.

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Stories by Priska Neely

CalArts gets $1M grant to expand programs in 'arts deserts'

With a $1 million grant from AmeriCorps, CalArts will add more community engagement and professional development for teachers to its Community Arts Partnership.

Keeping crayons out of the trash and into schools in need

Crayons in restaurants often go from table to trash. This group steps in to collect the lightly-used art supplies and get them to schools in need.

Pussy Riot's Nadya Tolokno on Donald Trump

She talks about the punk rock collective's new record, which includes the protest song "Make America Great Again."

At an open mic for veterans, a chance to jam and bond

"This is the only place in town where you can come out and see the talent that’s in the veteran community here in Hollywood," says actor Michael Broderick.

The art of transformation at a Watts elementary school

Florence Griffith Joyner elementary, a struggling school in Watts, is hinging its improvement plan on a turbo-shot of the arts.

What does STEAM really look like in schools?

Resources for STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — are now plentiful in schools. But there are fewer guidelines on how to add the "A," or art, into the mix.

Ahead of first tour, Youth Orchestra LA turns on the drama

The L.A. Philharmonic’s youth orchestra is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a California tour. To prepare, the young musicians are practicing more than music.

New arts ed data highlights gaps in hopes of spurring change

More than 100,000 students attending California schools last year had no access to arts instruction, according to data released Thursday.

The 'Get Lit' school program helps young poets find a voice — and self-confidence

Get Lit started ten years ago as an effort to use poetry as a way to increase teen literacy — and it’s working.

'The Birth of a Nation': To see or not to see?

The film has been overshadowed by an old rape case against writer, director and star Nate Parker. With the movie opening this week, we talk about why audiences should, or should not, buy a ticket.

Surprise millions for school arts and sciences

A real estate development group announced a $20 million gift to the Irvine Unified School District to fund elementary arts and science programs for the next decade.

Surprise millions for school arts and sciences

A real estate development group announced a $20 million gift to the Irvine Unified School District to fund elementary arts and science programs for the next decade.

LAUSD makes home visits to bring dropouts back to school

On the eighth annual Student Recovery Day, district officials and volunteers sat down with families to talk about how to get students back in the classroom.

Growing pains as a music program expands to all students

This year, the Rowland Unified School District will give music classes to all elementary students. While music teachers are excited, some worry about implementation.

Visual and performing arts standards are set for a makeover

Arts standards in California haven’t been touched since 2001. State legislators Tuesday passed a bill to bring them up to date.