Priska Neely

Senior Early Childhood Reporter

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I connect 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

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.

Newsom proposes major spending on programs for young kids

From paid family leave to preschool, the budget proposal unveiled Thursday sets aside nearly $2 billion dollars for programs for young children and families.

Moving from talk to action on black infant mortality plan

County leaders met with stakeholders to discuss specific steps to reduce the county's high black infant mortality rates, with an emphasis on racial discrimination.

Lawmakers want to make 'Pre-K for All' a reality

Assemblymember Kevin McCarty announced Tuesday a new package of legislation that would expand preschool access in an effort to address the state's achievement gap.

Michelle Obama surprises preschoolers with a special storytime

As part of her book tour, the former first lady came to Los Angeles and made a stop to read to a group of 4-year-olds at a preschool in Skid Row.

Premature births are on the rise in LA and across the U.S.

The rates of preterm birth ticked up for the third year in a row, according to the latest premature birth report card from the nonprofit March of Dimes.

Report finds gaps remain in access to child care, preschool attendance

A new report out from the research and advocacy group Children Now provides a snapshot of education and health for kids across the state.

New Law Aims To Reduce Pre-Schoolers' High Expulsion Rate

Preschoolers are three times more likely to be expelled than K-12 students. California has passed a new law that aims to lower that rate by giving state-funded pre-school programs more money if they hire consultants who are experts in early childhood mental health.

Recognizing the art of the labor movement

Latino studies teacher Irene Sanchez received this year's Joe Hill poetry award at the Labor Day parade in Wilmington.