Dr. Judith Levin is a Senior Lecturer in UCF’s School of Teacher Education, Early Childhood Development and Education Program. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses centering on child development and teacher preparation.

Dr. Levin spent a semester in Harlem at the Bloomingdale Family (Head Start) Program. As a result of the time working with the children and families at this site, she is conducting a longitudinal study examining the influence of this quality preschool experience for children living in poverty, kindergarten-high school graduation.

Dr. Levin’s community engagement work includes development of the parent education curriculum for the City of Orlando’s Parramore Kidz Zone Baby Institute, based on Harlem Children’s Zone’s Baby College. She was also the P.I for a research grant funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. This studying the impact of WUCF’s “Meet the Helpers” videos in reducing anxiety and fear during times of crisis. Dr. Levin work with Sesame Workshop/Sesame Street as a consultant on a variety of projects, including upcoming seasons of Sesame Street.

Dr. Levin was appointed by the governor as the university representative on the Florida Interagency Coordinating Council for Infants and Toddlers (FICCIT). In this role, she is charged with advising Early Steps in its responsibilities for early detection and intervention under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Dr. Levin has taken multiple groups of pre-service students on Study Abroad Programs to Reggio Emilia, Italy and to Finland. In addition, she coordinated two professional study trips with early childhood professionals to Reggio Emilia, Italy.

Areas of Expertise
  • High needs populations
  • Children with developmental concerns
  • Children who struggle socially/bullying
  • Underrepresented children and families living in urban poverty neighborhoods.