Michael Levine
Executive Director


  • Child development
  • Digital divide
  • Early learning
  • Education technology
  • Game-based learning
  • Low-income students
  • Parent involvement
  • Personalized learning
  • Public opinion and advocacy
  • Reading and literacy

Michael H. Levine is the founder and executive director of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, an independent non-partisan, nonprofit research and policy think tank based at Sesame Workshop, a global leader in the promotion of children’s learning and healthy development. Levine’s expertise is in early childhood development research, technology innovation, media studies and family engagement. He previously oversaw Carnegie Corporation of New York’s early learning grant making program and Asia Society’s education department. Levine serves on numerous nonprofit boards, is a frequent adviser to state and national policy makers and writes for numerous news outlets, including Slate, Education Week and The Huffington Post. He and Lisa Guernsey are co-authors of the widely cited book, “Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens,” published in 2015.