Priska Neely

Senior Early Childhood Reporter

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Priska Neely is KPCC’s Senior Early Childhood Reporter, covering issues facing children 0-5 and those who care for them.

She joined the station in 2015, as KPCC’s arts education reporter. Prior to that, Priska was a producer at NPR's Weekend All Things Considered. She coordinated film and television coverage for the show and reported stories for the network — mostly about entertainment and robots. Before that, she was part of the team at NPR's live, call–in show Talk of the Nation in Washington, D.C.

Priska was born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland, and studied journalism at New York University.

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Stories by Priska Neely

After the Thomas Fire, a fight over power line repairs

Attorneys representing fire victims say repairing damaged poles and lines could remove evidence of the fire's cause. SoCal Edison says it wants to restore power.

In a Boyle Heights building, the mariachis get to stay

After hefty rent hikes led to protests, rent strikes and eviction notices, Boyle Heights tenants have reached a resolution with property owners.

Are you missing out on 'free money'?

Gov. Jerry Brown has declared this week California Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Week. Many who are eligible don't know about the program.

These LA billboards are advertising a crisis

Turning an iconic L.A. image on its head, more than a dozen billboards around the city feature the Hollywood sign replaced with the word 'HOMELESS.'

Early educators learn why babies are the 'ideal' scientists

Teaching science and math to babies may seem like a daunting task, but for educators at Children's Center at CalTech, they are the perfect audience.

Legislators are paying attention to 4-year-olds

There are about half a million four-year-olds in California and lawmakers are thinking about them. Two bill have been introduced will goals to expand pre-K.

At this nature-based preschool, a rainy day is an opportunity

The first big rainstorm of 2018 didn't keep kids at the Child Educational Center indoors. It was an excuse to learn with mud and puddles.

California beefs up pool safety act in hopes of saving lives

The new law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, 2018, will require new or remodeled pools to have two drowning prevention features.

Your child development questions answered

It seems there’s a constant flood of new strategies for raising children. Here's some insight from four local child development experts.

This preschool dream is a nightmare for some neighbors

On a quiet street in Santa Monica, a teacher purchased a house with the goal of turning it into a non-profit business — a preschool. Many of the neighbors object.

Gardening on wheels: La Troka hits the streets

La Plaza de Cultura y Artes is taking its gardening workshops on the road with mobile classroom. La Troka made its first stop Wednesday.

A new school helps preschool teachers feel professional

Educare Long Beach is part of a model that aims to use high-quality preschools to improve outcomes for kids in low-income areas. Teacher training is a big component.

Benefits of preschool could save districts dollars

A study finds that participation in high-quality early childhood education increased graduation rates, and reduced special education placement and grade retention.

Training social workers to look out for baby – and mom

Social work interns training with the L.A. County Department of Children and Families Services are getting training to spot signs of maternal depression and anxiety.

It's getting even harder to hire preschool teachers

Wages for early educators are among the lowest of any profession, so turnover is usually high. California’s grade for 4-year-olds has exacerbated issues.