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

How this young filmmaker plans to win 6 Oscars

Gabrielle Gorman's short film about her personal struggles with race and self-esteem has gotten national recognition. She has some big dreams going forward.

LAUSD's secret art collection includes a Salvador Dalí

The L.A. Unified School District has a little-known but massive fine art collection. For the first time, some of the works are now accessible through a new website.

Young actors learn to value art and August Wilson

The teenagers were competing for one of the most prestigious prizes for young actors in American theater, but they were also finding their artistic voice.

August Wilson still inspires young actors

A monologue competition gives teen thespians an August opportunity: A chance to perform in New York City.

Lisa Loeb sings a new song

She was one of 17 professional songwriters who spent a day with teen girls teaching them the tricks of the trade and then performing songs they'd written.

The LA-area 'creative economy' is getting stronger

The number of jobs linked to art, culture and design in the LA area is on the rise, according to the latest report from the Otis College of Art and Design.

Kendrick Lamar brings Compton kids to the Grammys

At the Grammys Monday, Compton-native Kendrick Lamar let his pride for his past shine bright. And he brought a group of kids from his high school to the show.

Granada Hills wins LAUSD decathlon, preps for state

After coming in on top, the reigning champions are busy prepping for the state competition in March. They usually practice after school until 8 p.m. and on Saturdays.

After Super Bowl, a joyful homecoming for young musicians

Forty students from the LA Philharmonic's Youth Orchestra LA provided backup for Coldplay at the halftime show. Back at Disney Hall, they were treated like stars.

Immigrant students sharpen English skills with poetry

A big adjustment for a lot of kids new to the country is learning to speak English. At one school, the performing arts are helping students improve language skills.

It's official, UCLA has a school of music

The Board of Regents voted Thursday to formally establish the Herb Alpert School of Music. It’s the first free-standing music school in the UC system.

Can an insider reform LAUSD? Former colleagues say yes

Even as she ascended to the district’s top ranks, new LAUSD superintendent Michelle King has stayed out of the spotlight. But her former colleagues give clues to her leadership style.

For some teachers, winter break means art lessons

During a four-day workshop, LAUSD teachers learned techniques for using theatre, dance, music and visual art to support Common Core standards.

Pulling strings to start an elementary school orchestra

Students at Huntington Park Elementary School were inspired to create an orchestra. But the school didn't have instruments. Here's how they got them.

LAUSD marching band shrugs off the rain to prep for parade

Members of the All City Honor Marching Band spent hours in the rain outside Dodger Stadium last week to build endurance for the 5.5. mile parade on New Years Day.