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

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.

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.