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Senior Early Childhood Reporter
Priska Neely covers issues facing children 0-5 and those who care for them, and the policies and research that shape early childhood.
She co-reported Broke: Why more California families are becoming homeless, which won the award for best radio documentary from the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California. She joined the station in 2015, as KPCC’s arts education reporter. Prior to that, Priska was at NPR for “Weekend All Things Considered” and “Talk of the Nation.”
Priska was born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland, where she spent her first five years in her mom’s home day care. She studied journalism at New York University.
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Stories by Priska Neely
There are about half a million four-year-olds in California and lawmakers are thinking about them. Two bill have been introduced will goals to expand pre-K.
The first big rainstorm of 2018 didn't keep kids at the Child Educational Center indoors. It was an excuse to learn with mud and puddles.
The new law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, 2018, will require new or remodeled pools to have two drowning prevention features.
It seems there’s a constant flood of new strategies for raising children. Here's some insight from four local child development experts.
On a quiet street in Santa Monica, a teacher purchased a house with the goal of turning it into a non-profit business — a preschool. Many of the neighbors object.
La Plaza de Cultura y Artes is taking its gardening workshops on the road with mobile classroom. La Troka made its first stop Wednesday.
Educare Long Beach is part of a model that aims to use high-quality preschools to improve outcomes for kids in low-income areas. Teacher training is a big component.
A study finds that participation in high-quality early childhood education increased graduation rates, and reduced special education placement and grade retention.
Social work interns training with the L.A. County Department of Children and Families Services are getting training to spot signs of maternal depression and anxiety.
Wages for early educators are among the lowest of any profession, so turnover is usually high. California’s grade for 4-year-olds has exacerbated issues.
A third of young children in California have experienced trauma. The Sesame Workshop created a set of materials aimed to help kids feel safe and cope with sadness.
Kids under 8 spend an average of 48 minutes per day using mobile devices. Doctors think that's a bad idea — but most parents don't know that.
Under a bill signed into law last week, poor parents enrolled in English or G.E.D. courses will be eligible for subsidized child care.
A new study finds that for most youth coming out of L.A. County juvenile detention, the child protective system had received a warning about their mistreatment as kids.
The funding that supports many nurse visits, health screenings and group meetings runs out Sept. 30, leaving local Native American families vulnerable.