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

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.

Report: 1 in 9 eligible kids received subsidized care in 2017

More than 2 million California children ages 0-12 are eligible for state-funded child care and preschool programs, but the vast majority aren't enrolled.

These striking teachers traded marching for dancing

First grade teacher Christal Lord usually uses Zumba to keep her students active. On Wednesday, she and other teachers brought their moves to the picket line at Palms Elementary.

Thousands march in downtown Los Angeles

After walking the picket lines at their schools around sunrise on the first day of the strike, thousands marched the rainy streets of downtown LA.