Priska Neely

Senior Early Childhood Reporter

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I connect educators and caregivers of children ages 0–5 in L.A. County who live and breathe our early childhood system every day with academics, researchers and policy makers to reveal gaps between the two and shine a light on what’s working and what’s not.

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Stories by Priska Neely

Men In Preschools And Child Care Settings Are Unicorns, But They Don’t Have To Be

Meet some of the local men pushing against stigma and stereotypes to care for educate young children.

Sacramento Drop In Black Child Deaths Holds Lessons for LA

Sacramento County's initiative aims to reduce preventable deaths of African American children by 10 to 20 percent by 2020. The results are surpassing expectations.

Putting A Price Tag On Better Early Childhood Education

Child care and preschool costs are expensive, but those who work with young children have low wages and don’t see the high costs reflected in their paychecks.

'Playing Our Way To A Better World': Inside The Cayton's Children Museum

The Cayton Children's Museum opened in Santa Monica at the end of June with 35 immersive exhibits. CEO Esther Netters explains what the space has to offer.

At Census Time, Remember To Count Your Babies

In the 2010 Census, children under the age of 5 were the most undercounted group. And this can have big implications for programs that serve young children.

California Lags In Report On Child Well-Being

The 2019 edition of the annual Kids Count Data Book shows that the state ranks low when it comes to education, health and well-being for its children.

Preserving The Preschool Boost As Kids Start Kindergarten

The L.A. County Office of Education held a conference aimed at helping parents and teachers as children feed out from Head Start programs into 75 school districts.

How My Childhood Helped Me Become The Reporter I Am Today

It's strange to think how much my parents raised me for the job I have now.

Study Finds Wide Disparity in Breastfeeding Rates

New mothers are encouraged to breastfeed their babies exclusively for six months. Infants of color are less likely than white infants to be exclusively breastfed.

Meet One Of The Governor's Early Childhood Advisors

Kris Perry is working to implement early childhood development initiatives within the Health and Human Services Agency.

New surgeon general visits a Watts early learning center

Governor Gavin Newsom proclaimed April 30 as El Día de los Niños, Children’s Day. In recognition, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, paid a visit to some young kids in Watts.

Here's how California plans to fix its early learning system

It took two years, eight public hearings and over 70 conference calls, but California finally has a new plan to improve care and education for its kids.

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.