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Director of Extended Day Preschool Program

Atlanta Speech School
Atlanta, Georgia
Salary is commensurate with experience.
Closing date
Apr 11, 2024

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Atlanta Speech School

Director of Extended Day Preschool Program

Start Date:  August 2024

The Atlanta Speech School provides an unmatched opportunity to learn from both peers and experts in the field, and to contribute to the School’s growing body of knowledge. Beyond seeking proficiency, we work to construct a Deep Reading Brain for each child at the School and, through our Rollins Center for Language & Literacy, every child beyond the school. Deep reading requires learning to make connections between what we read to what we think, feel, and do. Through deep reading, children develop empathy, hone critical thinking, and go on to make the greatest possible difference in the lives of others.

  • We believe in connection over compliance. Rather than silencing children, we teach them to listen - and to think, to question, and to solve.
  • Our staff works together to know and serve each child from within an intentional learning ecosystem that is as joyful as it is rigorous.
  • Our practices are grounded in structured literacy and built on the sciences of healthy brain development, language acquisition, and the construction of the Deep Reading Brain.  
  • This work is intentionally centered around critical thinking, empathy, problem solving and the development of executive functions.

We are committed to providing a community through which all our students, families, and staff show up safely as themselves and for each other. As stewards of this environment, it is our responsibility to ensure safety extends to every person, inclusive of all races /ethnicities, religions, genders, family structures, sexual orientations, and any other aspect of their identity. 

The School has never turned away a child in need of services based on their family’s financial circumstances. 


The Preschool Extended Day Program is seeking a full-time Director of Extended Day to lead this program in advancing the mission of the School. The hours are Monday – Friday

11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


The person selected for this position will be responsible for coordinating, organizing, and guiding the extended day program for children ages two through four years of age. The Director will oversee programing and operations, including staffing and registration of students, and will be responsible for developing a caring, safe environment for children while providing enriching recreational and educational experiences. The Director works collaboratively with the Director of Afterschool, preschool directors, teaching team members, and clinical specialists. Knowledge and understanding of research-based practices for language and literacy instruction is required as the Extended Day Program is an extension of the classroom and its curriculum.


  • Provide coaching and mentoring for classroom teachers
  • Recognize extended day program coordinators and assistant teachers’ strengths, diplomatically identify areas of improvement, and collaboratively create a plan to address needed areas
  • Provide ongoing curriculum review and updates consistent with evidence-based practices
  • Identify areas of the curriculum that need to be updated, and also develop, and implement an action plan to address targeted areas
  • Communicate with parents about specific aspects of the curriculum, including but not limited to discussing the value of language development for all children as the foundation for future academic development, and sharing the relationship among oral language, reading, and writing
  • Assist parents with educational placement decisions Plan professional development activities for extended day staff and coordinate with preschool departments to plan joint professional development activities
  • Lead cross-departmental activities to broaden the experiences of all children.
  • Facilitate Learning Team meetings to discuss student concerns and work collaboratively with various professionals to have a thorough understanding of a child’s learning profile
  • Develop student assessment schedule


  • Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Speech Language Pathology, or a related instructional field
  • Current Georgia teaching certificate or professional license
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience working in an early childhood setting or similar experience demonstrating knowledge of preschool curriculum development and planning
  • Minimum 5 years teaching experience
  • Knowledge of the best practices in preschool education, particularly related to the value of language and literacy instruction
  • Ability to train, coach, and mentor teachers
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills

SALARY: Salary is commensurate with credentials and experience.

BENEFITS: This full-time school position offers generous benefit package including health/dental/life and long-term disability insurance; School subsidized health insurance premiums of staff and families; Flexible Spending Account; 403(b) Plan; accrued sick time; generous holiday schedule; and cost reduction of some Speech School services.

TO APPLY: Please submit all of the following documents to ensure that your information is considered: cover letter, resume, and written submission: Please describe how your particular skills, talents, and/or expertise could be beneficial to the Extended Day Preschool Program. (Please limit response to 500 words).

Email: hr@atlantaspeechschool[dot]org

Subject line: Director of Extended Day Preschool Program

Atlanta Speech School

Founded over 85 years ago, the Atlanta Speech School has evolved into four school divisions, four clinical programs, Rollins Center for Language & Literacy professional development program and Rollins’ free online Cox Campus. Across all our programs we are driven to ensure that each child can find their voice. The School has never turned away a child in need of our specialized services based on their family’s financial circumstances.

We are the educational equivalent of a teaching hospital. With our vision of literacy and justice for all, we lead equity-based change by extending our work beyond our campus. What occurs in the classroom for each child at the Atlanta Speech School is made available to every teacher by way of our free online professional learning platform, Cox Campus. Cox Campus’ membership is composed of more than 270,000 educators, leaders, healthcare professionals and parents representing all fifty states and 100 countries.  

The School, across all its programs, including the Extended Day Preschool, attracts a staff of the most gifted and committed teaching professionals who apply the research of the nation’s leading experts on early healthy brain development, language acquisition and Deep Reading Brain.



The Atlanta Speech School has evolved over its 78 years into the nation’s most comprehensive center for language and literacy – earning a rising national reputation as the educational equivalent of a teaching hospital. Through four distinct academic programs, the School provides on campus an unmatched educational experience for more than 400 students each year. Another 1,000 individuals of all ages are served through our five clinical programs. Our Rollins Center for Language & Literacy provides professional development for early childhood and early elementary teachers across Georgia and beyond, now impacting more than 10,000 children annually and rapidly extending its reach. All of the Speech School’s efforts are interrelated and intentional, creating a circle of impact that is continually refined and strengthened across all programs. Please visit our website for further information: and be sure to watch our three-minute Promise video

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