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

Educators get schooled in working with 'exceptional' kids

In response to high preschool suspension rates, LAUP created a program to help educators working with kids with developmental delays, disabilities and behavioral needs.

Air Force test pilots are born in our back yard

Ninety miles north of Los Angeles, you'll find the home of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School. Students there learn to work out the kinks of new aircraft systems.

New budget bodes well for state child care programs

The budget adds nearly 3,000 full-day slots in state preschools in the next fiscal year. It also addresses the unintended consequences of increases to the minimum wage.

Big funding boost trickles down to California's littlest artists

The state arts agency is awarding $15 million in grants — nearly double the amount last year. For the first time, this includes support for programs for kids 0-5.

'Nowhere to go but up': Joyner's year of transformation

After a year in the Turnaround Arts program, students at the school are more engaged. But academics still matter, and there have been improvements there, too.

Art is helping students stay in school

Since it was founded 25 years ago, artworxLA has served more than 12,000 — providing arts education for students at risk of dropping out.

One teacher's dance revolution at Fontana Unified

The question that's guided Nicole Robinson's 21 years as a teacher at Fontana A.B. Miller High School: "How can give them more?"

Hooray for Hollywood’s hand-me-downs: LAUSD taps industry resources

The Creative Industry Coalition is building up partnerships with studios and production companies to provide classroom visits and equipment donations to schools.

A declaration for a student's right to arts education

Create CA, a state arts education group, has developed a "Declaration of the Rights of All Students to Equity in Arts Learning." It hopes school districts will adopt it.

National arts education report card shows little improvement

Eighth graders across the country were quizzed in 2016 on their knowledge and skills in visual arts and music. Just like in 2008, the results weren't great.

Harnessing the power of spreadsheets to expand arts access

Local government arts agencies are holding an Arts Datathon aimed at cultivating ideas for increasing access to the arts in L.A. County.

CalArts holds a friendlier 'Shark Tank'-style contest for artists

This one wasn't as cut-throat as the TV show on ABC, so organizers jokingly referred to it as "Dolphin Pool," said career services director Rita Soultanian.

California graduation rates keep rising, achievement gap narrows

Tom Torlakson, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, announced today that 83.2 percent of students in the class of 2016 graduated – a record high.

At-risk teens work with pros to put Chicano history on stage

In continuation high schools, for teens at risk of dropping out, arts instruction is sparse. On Friday, a play made by and for these students opens in East L.A.

Another step forward for LA's arts diversity initiative

After a series of town halls and surveys, the board of supervisors passed 13-item plan for increasing diversity in arts institutions.