Priska Neely

Senior Early Childhood Reporter

Contact Priska Neely

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.

Have questions you want me to answer? Submit them below.

Stories by Priska Neely

Training social workers to look out for baby – and mom

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.

It's getting even harder to hire preschool teachers

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.

Big Bird and Elmo want to help kids process trauma

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' mobile screen time rates have tripled in four years

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.

A barrier removed for low-income parents seeking education

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.

For many, the path to juvenile detention may start at home

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.

As funding looms, tribal home visiting programs are at risk

The funding that supports many nurse visits, health screenings and group meetings runs out Sept. 30, leaving local Native American families vulnerable.

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.