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

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.

Infants and toddlers eligible for child care aren't getting it

While more than half of babies and toddlers in L.A. County are eligible for state subsidized care, only 6 percent are getting them.

'Not one more': SoCal students walk out to protest gun violence

Organizers have called for demonstrations to last 17 minutes to honor the 17 killed last month. Students are taking up the call in nearly 3,000 protests nationwide.

Kids in child care are losing access to healthy food program

Participation in a program that aims to provide healthy meals to children in child care is dwindling. Advocates want the state to chip in more so providers will join.

Putting early childhood education in the heart of Santa Monica

Officials broke ground Tuesday on a 20,000-square-foot early learning center, right across from City Hall. It will serve infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

Home day cares are disappearing across California

Jackie Jackson closed her home day care in Azusa after 17 years because she could no longer make ends meet. It's one of thousands the state has lost since 2008.

Keep your eye on the road — and Los Angeles's new speed limits

New speed limits on 71 L.A. streets are part of the city's initiative to reduce traffic fatalities and come with increased police enforcement efforts.

How parents can help change the culture of sexual harassment

As reports emerge about men abusing their power to harass women, parenting and early childhood experts see an opportunity for parents to help break the cycle.

After the Thomas Fire, a fight over power line repairs

Attorneys representing fire victims say repairing damaged poles and lines could remove evidence of the fire's cause. SoCal Edison says it wants to restore power.

In a Boyle Heights building, the mariachis get to stay

After hefty rent hikes led to protests, rent strikes and eviction notices, Boyle Heights tenants have reached a resolution with property owners.