Mariana Dale

Early Childhood Education Reporter

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Mariana Dale covers early childhood education for KPCC. She'd previously reported for KJZZ, the public radio station in Phoenix since 2016, where she most recently focused on education.

While at KJZZ, Mariana helped found the engagement reporting project, Q&AZ which led her to answer questions about everything from the history of Japanese internment to saguaro cacti.

Mariana has a strong belief in the power of engaged journalism.

“Connecting with the community at every step makes for better journalism," she said. "I’m excited about the opportunity to focus my attention on a beat that has the potential to improve the lives of Southern California families and caregivers.”

Mariana was born and raised in Arizona and has worked at papers and radio stations in Tucson and Phoenix. She’s also a member of the Next Generation Radio family, and loves “talking about media with the youths!”

Stories by Mariana Dale

'It Was A Relief': DACA Students Find Hope In Supreme Court Ruling

DACA could still be challenged. But for now, college students can focus on their studies.

Most 'Pop-Up' Child Care Centers Were Already Watching Kids Before The Pandemic

California’s budget revision summary in May said, “to date, there are close to 500 temporary pop-up child care programs throughout California.” But as it turns out, few businesses took advantage of the program.

Even Young Children Notice What's Happening In The World Right Now. Here's What You Can Do To Help Them Understand

What L.A. parents are doing to start conversations about race and help their kids dream of a better future.

Giving Birth In A Pandemic Can Be Isolating. It Doesn't Have To Be

Delivery rooms are more empty. Here’s how one family found support for birth in the midst of the pandemic.

What Could Schools Look Like When They Reopen? Here's What LA County Education Officials Say

A task force released a framework Wednesday with guidelines for the county's 80 school districts as they plan for when, how — and maybe whether — to reopen school campuses.

Coronavirus Parenthood: The Stress Level Is High, Glitter Glue Is Everywhere

Shammeer Dawson, a single mom of four children who lives in Hawthorne, checked in with us about parenting in the time of COVID.

California's Devastating Budget Shortfall Means Pain For Schools, Health Care, More

Gov. Newsom had aspired to make publicly funded preschool available to every child in California starting with 20,000 new slots over the next two years.

If LA's Kids Keep Skipping Routine Vaccinations, We Might Have More Than A COVID-19 Outbreak To Worry About

The number of childhood immunizations in L.A. County was down more than 60% in April compared to last year.

Your Baby Might Hate Tummy Time But They Need It

When babies play while on their bellies, it can help them build muscle, learn to crawl and reach other developmental milestones, according to a study slated for publication in the scientific journal Pediatrics.

Masks, Smaller Classes And No Hugs: What Child Care Looks Like Right Now

What will child care look like in the age of social distancing? Recently reopened child care centers in Long Beach might have the answer.

California Launches Statewide Child Care Website

California parents looking for child care can now try their luck on a new website,

California Launches Statewide Child Care Website

California parents looking for child care can now try their luck on a new website,

More Than Half Of LA Child Care Centers Closed. Who Is Watching The Kids Of Essential Workers?

Under an executive order signed on April 4 by Governor Gavin Newsom, tens of thousands of essential workers in California are eligible for subsidized child care. And on Tuesday, Newsom said he'd like to see child care access expanded as retail businesses reopen in the next few weeks.

Call The Doctor If Your Kid Feels Sick, But Go In For Vaccinations

Many pediatric practices are now using telemedicine. One visit doctors say parents shouldn’t reschedule? Vaccines.

LA And California Expand Childcare Options For Essential Workers

The goal is “to ensure that no essential worker misses a shift, because he or she doesn't have child care during this crisis,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a press conference.