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

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.

For this longshoreman, the Labor Day parade is a family affair

Longshoreman Bobby Carrillo has attended the Labor Day parade in Wilmington for 23 years and it’s a tradition he’s passing down to his son and grandchildren.

Empowering black moms to say: 'I want to breastfeed'

Black moms are much less likely to breastfeed, compared to women of other races and ethnicities. More and more support groups are trying to change that.

Creating a safe space for moms to navigate their grief

Hundreds of new and expectant parents gathered  in Pasadena over the weekend to get tips and resources on everything from breastfeeding to baby wearing at a convention called MommyCon.

A UCLA professor's call to root out racism in research

In the latest issue of the journal "Ethnicity & Disease," Chandra Ford calls out the public health field and challenges researchers to recognizes bias.

Trump border wall faces new legal challenge

A federal appeals court in Pasadena heard from attorneys Tuesday who say President Trump's proposed border wall violates more than 30 environmental laws.

Preschool access varies wildly depending on where kids live

Seventy-one percent of 4-year-olds are enrolled in a licensed center or school setting. But access to those programs varies wildly across L.A. County and the state.

Why are black babies twice as likely to die as white babies in the US?

It’s not easy to talk about infant mortality rates, but one ugly statistic is causing alarm: black babies around the country are twice as likely as white babies to die before their first birthday.