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

California Is Reshaping Its Child Care And Early Education Programs — Here's How You Can Weigh In

The state is spending $5 million to reshape child care and early childhood education in California. If you have ideas the time is running out to share them.

Child Care Can Help LA Families Financially Survive The Pandemic, But It's Still Unavailable For Many

Three reasons: many early education programs are located on shuttered school campuses, staff themselves are struggling to find child care and public health guidelines limit class sizes to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Long Beach Will Connect Families To Free Child Care

Parents and caregivers can apply for up to 40 hours of free services starting Monday, Nov. 2.

‘What Do You Want To Do When You Grow Up Some More?’ Advice For Aspiring Leaders In Early Childhood

Chances are, if you’re looking to make the next step in your career, you might find something useful here, too.

'It's My Job To Continue To Push' For More Diverse Early Childhood Leadership

California’s early childhood workforce is mostly women of color and they are often concentrated in the lowest paying jobs in the field.

LAUSD, Board of Supervisors Candidates Lay Out Plans For Early Childhood Programs

Candidates seeking to represent the Board of Supervisors District 2 and the Board of Education’s District 7 met Wednesday in a forum focused on early childhood.

A Postcard From One of LA County's Newly Reopened Playgrounds

A little laughter – and a cameo from a toddler t-rex – to brighten your day.

SoCal Playgrounds Are Reopening — Here's Where

We’re tracking which Southern California cities and counties have reopened their playgrounds.

City of LA Playgrounds Reopening After Coronavirus Closures

Playgrounds are reopening one-by-one after cleaning and safety inspections – remember to pack your mask!

Without New Federal Money, California Child Care Providers Brace For Pay Cuts

The union that represents family child care providers estimates more than 800 Los Angeles County providers have closed since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

How The Pandemic Is Disproportionately Impacting Working Moms

Increasingly, research shows the coronavirus pandemic is disproportionately impacting working moms like Ballesteros. A working paper from the University of Southern California found moms were more likely to be the caregivers for kids in two-parent households, and to reduce their working hours and feel more anxious and depressed than men and women without children.

With Day Cares Shut And School Online, LA's Working Moms Are Carrying The Child Care Load

“This COVID-19 crisis has the capacity to really represent a step back in terms of gender equality because we see moms are carrying more of the load than dads,” says University of Arkansas economist Gema Zamarro.

$5 Million In Grants Available For L.A. County Child Care Providers

Starting Monday, some Los Angeles County child care providers can apply for $5 million in grants.

LA County Educators Want To Build A Better Bridge Between Pre-K And Kindergarten

The Los Angeles County Pre-K to Kindergarten Transition Systems Alignment Framework debuts today. We know it’s a mouthful. This story breaks down why it’s important to young learners.

Santa Monica-Malibu School District Lays Off Dozens After Sharp Drop In Early Education Enrollment

After the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District switched to distance learning, enrollment in early childhood programs plummeted, disrupting the careful balance of private and public funding.