Mariana Dale

Early Childhood Education Reporter

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Mariana Dale covers early childhood education for KPCC. She'd previously reported for KJZZ, the public radio station in Phoenix since 2016, where she most recently focused on education.

While at KJZZ, Mariana helped found the engagement reporting project, Q&AZ which led her to answer questions about everything from the history of Japanese internment to saguaro cacti.

Mariana has a strong belief in the power of engaged journalism.

“Connecting with the community at every step makes for better journalism," she said. "I’m excited about the opportunity to focus my attention on a beat that has the potential to improve the lives of Southern California families and caregivers.”

Mariana was born and raised in Arizona and has worked at papers and radio stations in Tucson and Phoenix. She’s also a member of the Next Generation Radio family, and loves “talking about media with the youths!”

Stories by Mariana Dale

Parenting, Unfiltered

Last fall, we gave cameras to 12 Southern California parents of young children and invited them to document their lives. Since then, A LOT of things have changed.

One Teacher, Four Wheels, Hundreds Of Books: A Look At South LA's Bookmobile

What started as an effort to deliver books to Claudia Cataldos’ students in South and South Central L.A. has evolved into a community distribution for people of all ages.

A Child Care Center Followed The COVID Safety Guidelines. It Still Had An Outbreak

There are relatively few cases of the coronavirus linked to L.A. child care centers, but the data is inconsistent and there’s been at least one outbreak at a center here that says it followed safety guidelines.

California Child Care Providers Unionize: 'It's Time To Demand What We Deserve'

About 43,000 child care providers were eligible to vote in the mail-in election between June 22 and July 22– 97% of the 9,340 returned ballots favored representation.

The Pandemic Takes A Financial and Mental Toll On Child Care Providers

More than three-quarters of respondents to a UC Berkeley survey said with fewer children enrolled, they’re losing money.

For California Child Care Workers, Inequality Is Baked Into The System

California child care providers could be on the verge of getting help in their fight for higher wages. This week, balloting is wrapping up in a month-long vote to unionize child care workers.

LA County Guidelines For Reopening Head Start: Fewer, Smaller Classes

L.A. County’s Office Of Education oversees Head Start for 11,000 kids, closed its centers in March, and since then has been providing some virtual instruction.

LA Diary: The Pandemic Shipwrecked Their Pirate Party, So Mom Planned A Parade

The consensus: Best birthday party ever!

'We Do Need This Change': Child Care Union Election Underway

After more than a decade of fighting for the right to bargain for better pay, California child care providers will vote on unionizing.

'It Was A Relief': DACA Students Find Hope In Supreme Court Ruling

DACA could still be challenged. But for now, college students can focus on their studies.

Most 'Pop-Up' Child Care Centers Were Already Watching Kids Before The Pandemic

California’s budget revision summary in May said, “to date, there are close to 500 temporary pop-up child care programs throughout California.” But as it turns out, few businesses took advantage of the program.

Even Young Children Notice What's Happening In The World Right Now. Here's What You Can Do To Help Them Understand

What L.A. parents are doing to start conversations about race and help their kids dream of a better future.

Giving Birth In A Pandemic Can Be Isolating. It Doesn't Have To Be

Delivery rooms are more empty. Here’s how one family found support for birth in the midst of the pandemic.

What Could Schools Look Like When They Reopen? Here's What LA County Education Officials Say

A task force released a framework Wednesday with guidelines for the county's 80 school districts as they plan for when, how — and maybe whether — to reopen school campuses.

Coronavirus Parenthood: The Stress Level Is High, Glitter Glue Is Everywhere

Shammeer Dawson, a single mom of four children who lives in Hawthorne, checked in with us about parenting in the time of COVID.