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

Empowering moms – and dads – in the black infant mortality crisis

Ohio has some of the highest infant mortality rates in the nation. Community organizations are working to give parents tangible tools to help, with a focus on dads.

Saving black babies by saving a neighborhood

The Castlemont neighborhood in East Oakland is known as a Best Babies Zone. The idea of the initiative is that improving life for all residents will ultimately save babies.

What's behind the high black infant mortality rates? Racism, not race

Experts say one of the reasons black babies are more likely to die is because of a tendency to ignore one of the underlying causes: systemic racism.

These people have dedicated their lives to keeping black babies alive

There are so many public health workers, researchers and community organizers across the country who have dedicated their lives to improving birth outcomes for black babies.

Keeping black babies alive is a priority for LA's top health officials

Black babies in Los Angeles County are three times more likely to die before their first birthdays than white babies. Health officials want to change that.

America's black babies are paying for society's ills. What will we do to fix it?

The issue is complex, but the data is straightforward – black babies are two times more likely to die before their first birthday than white babies. The issue is not new but we know more about the causes than ever before. Will society fix it?

After losing her son, this LA mom's mission is saving black babies

After Raena Granberry lost her first baby, she turned her grief and anger into action. Now she does community outreach for a group that's working to close the gap.

How the black infant mortality crisis touched my family

Black babies in the U.S. are twice as likely to die before their first birthday as white babies. KPCC's Priska Neely has a personal connection to this issue.

Black babies die at twice the rate of white babies. My family is part of this statistic

Black babies in the U.S. are twice as likely to die before their first birthday as white babies. KPCC's Priska Neely realized her family has been touched by this issue.

Being a dad is awesome. And these LA dads are living proof.

KPCC In Person recently held a conversation with a panel of men who shared their experiences of fatherhood. The ultimate takeaway: Being a dad is awesome and we should talk about that more.

Why tiny brains are getting massive attention in the California governor's race

Early childhood advocates have been working for years ahead of the election to make sure the top candidates are thinking about the state's youngest constituents.

28,000 LA preschoolers are learning how to be better humans

In the L.A. Unified School District, 28,000 preschoolers are getting hands-on training in how to build friendships, be empathetic and self-aware.

More kids are getting access to pre-K in California, but it's largely quantity over quality

More state leaders are putting funding into preschool programs, but the quality of those programs isn't keeping pace with the quantity, according to a new report.

Here's yet another reason to read to your baby

"Reading and play really does change the way your child approaches their feelings, their behavior and, ultimately, their readiness to learn," said researcher Alan Mendelsohn.

LA County launches new plan to help black babies live

In L.A. County, black babies are three times more likely than white babies to die in the first year of life. The county has a new five-year action plan to reduce that disparity by 30 percent.