Priska Neely

Senior Early Childhood Reporter

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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

Voters want next governor to invest big in little kids

Nearly nine in 10 voters want the next governor to support greater investments in early childhood care and education, according to a new statewide poll out Thursday.

Preschool expulsion is a problem this lawmaker wants to stop

In the California and around the country, preschoolers are expelled at a rate more than three times higher than kids in K-12 grades.

Pasadena is an 'Early Learning City.' What happens now?

Pasadena residents: You now live in an "Early Learning City." An official launch event will be held Saturday at Brookside Park.

Dads can get postpartum depression, too — here's why

New research links lower testosterone levels with male postpartum depression. A man's low testosterone may also mean less depression for his female partner.

DeVos wants to overhaul campus sexual assault investigations

DeVos didn’t announce any sweeping changes to campus gender equality policies, but said her department will launch a public comment process to develop a new system.

The Broad's newest exhibit is underneath your feet

The works of Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez are featured in renowned museums around the world and now on the streets of downtown Los Angeles.

Hundreds rally for DACA, labor rights in LA

Hundreds in Los Angeles rallied in support of an immigration program President Donald Trump is expected to decide upon tomorrow. It allows about 800,000 young, unauthorized immigrants to study, work and live legally in the country.

Helping child care workers learn more and earn more

Most child care workers don’t earn enough to make ends meet. A local effort is providing free on-the-job training and college courses to help workers advance.

Building a transitional kindergarten workforce

To help teachers earn needed credits, SMC developed the first transitional kindergarten certificate program at a community college. Classes are online and affordable.

How do you respond when your baby is in distress?

A new study published in the journal Child Development looks at how a mom's response when her baby is in distress can predict secure or insecure attachment.

#SoCalSoCurious: Is a nanny better than day care?

A listener asked us if adult interaction is better for toddlers than peer interaction. The answer is complex. We got five child development specialists to weigh in.

A new attempt to tackle an old problem with early education

A group of educators and policymakers is trying to streamline the state’s complex early childhood education system. A task force tried to do the same thing in 1988.

Study shows long-lasting impact of home visitation programs

The study adds to a large body of research on the effectiveness of home visitation programs, but it's the first to analyze the effects of gender.

‘You can’t explain feelings sometimes’: A foster teen turns to art

Glorianna, 19, spent almost all of her life living in group home. She says life as a foster kid is difficult, but drawing and writing helped her get through.

A tween finds 'weird wonderland' in theater

At the beginning of middle school, Monica Wilson thought theater was "wimpy" and "weird." After being in her first play, she instead calls it "weird wonderland."