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

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.

Big Bird and Elmo want to help kids process trauma

A third of young children in California have experienced trauma. The Sesame Workshop created a set of materials aimed to help kids feel safe and cope with sadness.

Kids' mobile screen time rates have tripled in four years

Kids under 8 spend an average of 48 minutes per day using mobile devices. Doctors think that's a bad idea — but most parents don't know that.

A barrier removed for low-income parents seeking education

Under a bill signed into law last week, poor parents enrolled in English or G.E.D. courses will be eligible for subsidized child care.

For many, the path to juvenile detention may start at home

A new study finds that for most youth coming out of L.A. County juvenile detention, the child protective system had received a warning about their mistreatment as kids.

As funding looms, tribal home visiting programs are at risk

The funding that supports many nurse visits, health screenings and group meetings runs out Sept. 30, leaving local Native American families vulnerable.

Voters want next governor to invest big in little kids

Nearly nine in 10 voters want the next governor to support greater investments in early childhood care and education, according to a new statewide poll out Thursday.

Preschool expulsion is a problem this lawmaker wants to stop

In the California and around the country, preschoolers are expelled at a rate more than three times higher than kids in K-12 grades.

Pasadena is an 'Early Learning City.' What happens now?

Pasadena residents: You now live in an "Early Learning City." An official launch event will be held Saturday at Brookside Park.

Dads can get postpartum depression, too — here's why

New research links lower testosterone levels with male postpartum depression. A man's low testosterone may also mean less depression for his female partner.