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

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.

Are you missing out on 'free money'?

Gov. Jerry Brown has declared this week California Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Week. Many who are eligible don't know about the program.

These LA billboards are advertising a crisis

Turning an iconic L.A. image on its head, more than a dozen billboards around the city feature the Hollywood sign replaced with the word 'HOMELESS.'

Early educators learn why babies are the 'ideal' scientists

Teaching science and math to babies may seem like a daunting task, but for educators at Children's Center at CalTech, they are the perfect audience.

Legislators are paying attention to 4-year-olds

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.

At this nature-based preschool, a rainy day is an opportunity

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.

California beefs up pool safety act in hopes of saving lives

The new law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, 2018, will require new or remodeled pools to have two drowning prevention features.

Your child development questions answered

It seems there’s a constant flood of new strategies for raising children. Here's some insight from four local child development experts.

This preschool dream is a nightmare for some neighbors

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.

Gardening on wheels: La Troka hits the streets

La Plaza de Cultura y Artes is taking its gardening workshops on the road with mobile classroom. La Troka made its first stop Wednesday.

A new school helps preschool teachers feel professional

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.

Benefits of preschool could save districts dollars

A study finds that participation in high-quality early childhood education increased graduation rates, and reduced special education placement and grade retention.