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

'Essential' Child Care Workers Struggle To Balance Family Needs, Safety

Child care providers around the country have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, with many facing closure even as others struggle to stay open.

Already On The Margins, Child Care Providers Look For Coronavirus Relief

Child care providers around the state are closing as parents whose jobs are deemed "non-essential" have been told to stay home with their kids to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Dear LAist: Will My Child's Day Care Center Or Preschool Close?

Amid school closures, LA child care providers have a lot of questions and few answers.

The State Is Expanding Childcare Capacity -- But Will Providers Stay Open?

Now that schools are closed, the state agency that licenses childcare providers is expanding the ability to provide care. But some providers are questioning whether they should take on more kids, or even stay open at all.

Olaf From 'Frozen' Will Read To Your Kids -- Virtually

In the words of Frozen 2 -- cuddle close, scooch in, it’s storytime. Well, virtual storytime (Los Angeles public libraries are closed).

'Health Comes First': What Parents Are Saying About LAUSD's Classroom Shutdown

Here's the general reaction from parents to the news that the Los Angeles Unified School District will suspend in-person classes for two weeks: We get it.

Kids Stuck At Home? Here's How To Keep Them Busy And Grow Their Brains At The Same Time

Yes, laundry can be educational– and fun! We went to the experts for tips on keeping the learning going even if school’s out.

How To Talk To Your Little Kids About Coronavirus

Tips from a clinical psychologist: First, take a deep breath.

Helping Preschoolers Work Through Trauma, One Breath At A Time

The Los Angeles Unified School District knows many of its students will experience trauma before they graduate and it’s preparing teachers to help those students.

Free Doula Program For Black Moms-To-Be Gets New Life

A few months ago we told you about the controversy surrounding a promising program meant to help African American moms have healthier births. Now the program has been reborn as the Frontline Doulas program.

State Analyst Says Nix Newsom's Early Childhood Plan

Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to streamline the complicated web of agencies that support early childhood in California by creating a new state agency. Not so fast, says the Legislative Analyst’s Office. On Friday the nonpartisan agency tasked with advising the legislature released a report recommending lawmakers reject the proposal.

Online Registration For Kobe And Gianna Memorial Begins

Online registration started Friday for the Feb. 24 public memorial for Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna.

Parents Of Young Kids: California Wants To Give You Money

if you're the parent of a young child in California filing this year, you could receive up to an additional $1,000 back. That's on top of existing Earned Income Tax Credits which could net you hundreds - or thousands - of dollars (more on that later).

Childcare Workers Aren't Paid Much At All, So They're Mobilizing To Unionize

Remember this the next time you drop off your most precious assets -- your kids -- with a childcare worker: many of them often take home less than minimum wage for the hours they work. It should come as no surprise then, that they want to unionize. In fact, they’ve been trying to for more than a decade.

What Do Doulas Do — And How Can I Find One In LA?

What exactly is a doula? Doulas provide expecting and new mothers with educational, emotional, and advocating support before, during and after a baby is born. But, how do I interview a doula? How do you know they're qualified? Will insurance cover their services? LAist readers sent us more than a dozen questions like this, and we spoke with 20 California doulas to get answers.