“My son had such an incredibly wonderful experience with Launch and specifically the Leap Ahead program. Now in Kindergarten he is doing great, loves his teacher and class and school and is very well adjusted. I think his success is in huge part due to this amazing program. I can’t express how grateful I was to be able to enroll him in this program. I wish all kids got the chance to do this as it makes such a difference as they are entering school to feel accepted, safe and excited about learning.”

–Launch Parent

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Starting kindergarten is fun, exciting, and different for every child. Launch recognizes this key time in your child’s development, and our summer-long Leap Ahead program helps your child successfully transition from preschool to kindergarten.

Our program day is designed to mimic a typical school day with a balance of activities and academic practices. We offer age-appropriate summer activities and field trips, kindergarten classroom tours, and mid-day quiet reading time (important for children who are transitioning away from the afternoon nap they may have had in preschool). View a sample Leap Ahead daily schedule.

Our teachers are specially trained in preschool-to-kindergarten transition and focus on developing school-readiness skills and behaviors. Leap Ahead gives your child the advantage of extra support before Kindergarten. They’ll get to know elementary school expectations, make new friends, and develop the confidence and skills to start school successfully!

In 2018, 91% of our Leap Ahead campers were ready to enter kindergarten by the end of the summer, a 22% increase from the beginning of the summer to the end!

During Summer 2019, we’re offering Leap Ahead at 5 locations. Click the links below to view each site’s summer themes.

  • Hawthorne (School-Age & Leap Ahead) – 4100 39th Avenue S, Seattle 98118
  • Highland Park (Preschool, School-Age & Leap Ahead) – 1012 SW Trenton Street, Seattle 98106
  • Kimball (School-Age & Leap Ahead) – 3200 23rd Avenue S, Seattle, 98144
  • Leschi (School-Age & Leap Ahead) – 135 32nd Avenue, Seattle 98122
  • Maple (School-Age & Leap Ahead) – 4925 Corson Avenue S, Seattle 98108
  • *We have special scholarships available for income-eligible Leap Ahead students. Please call 206.726.7972 for more information.

    Registration forms for our Leap Ahead program can be found on the forms page of our website.