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

South L.A. Group Kicks Off Black Maternal Health Week

Pregnant women gathered at Black Women for Wellness for a panel discussion where they shared their experiences navigating the healthcare system.

LA celebrates the life of Nipsey Hussle: Scenes from the day

Tens of thousands of fans and friends celebrated the life of the slain rapper at a memorial service at Staples Center and on the streets of Los Angeles.

Checking in on L.A. County's plan to save black babies

An update on what's happened in the year since the county's health department launched an action plan aimed at closing the black-white gap in infant mortality.

Conference aims to bring men into the early childhood field

It’s estimated that only 2 to 3% of early childhood educators are men. One of those men has organized a conference Saturday aiming to bring more into the field.

LA Takes Steps to Boost Paid Family Leave to 18 Weeks

LA City Council unanimously approves a motion that would extend the city’s paid family leave plan from six to 18 weeks for new and expecting parents.

Lawmakers Discuss Proposals to Extend Paid Family Leave

The State Assembly and the L.A. City Council convened hearings today on separate plans to increase paid family leave for new parents.

Assembly's early childhood commission releases draft proposals

At a hearing Monday, commissioners shared highlights from the draft proposal, which covers everything from access to provider training and parent involvement.

Your chance to tell lawmakers how to fix the early learning system

A State Assembly commission has released a draft of its recommendations to streamline early learning for millions of California kids.

How this comedian became a serious maternal mental health activist

Comedian Angelina Spicer talks about her experience with postpartum depression at conferences and before lawmakers. She’s even made it part of her stand-up routine.

A ballot measure to fund child care programs in LA?

Councilmember Paul Krekorian proposed that the city work toward restoring child care programs cut during the recession. One way to secure funds? A ballot measure.

Report: California ranks near the bottom for babies

The first-ever State of Babies Yearbook creates a national profile looking at nearly 60 indicators, including health care access and early education opportunities.

Addressing the state's lack of early learning facilities

A new report from offers recommendations for policymakers on increasing and improving the facilities available to address the shortage of options.

LA researchers are using a musical pacifier to help preemies

Researchers at UCLA are using music therapy to help premature babies connect with their parents and learn how to feed so they can go home sooner.

What pregnant black women need to know to have a 'safe and sacred birth'

We asked an OBGYN, a midwife and a maternal-child health advocate how black women can empower themselves and combat high rates of black maternal and infant mortality.

What My Students Taught Me: Alexis, Brenda and Brittney

When Alexis Vazquez was a preschool teacher at Children Today in Long Beach, she met a 3-year-old named Brittney who challenged her like never before.