School-Age Summer Program (children entering grades 1–6 in the fall)
A break from school is a wonderful time for children to decompress, play outdoors, meet new friends and build memories with old ones. It’s a time to make messy art, experience nature, listen to a new song, and discover their vibrant world. Our staff loves educating our Launch children and exploring with them during the long days of summer. We apply the same intentionality to our summer program that we do during the school year.
The summer program provides a fun and stimulating environment while avoiding summer learning loss. Summer curriculum engages children in the areas of math, science, social studies, creative arts, language, literacy, and physical fitness. Each week, children learn about a general theme through a series of hands-on enrichment activities where they can explore and discover while taking advantage of opportunities to apply their new skills to ensure comprehension about the specific topic. Each Launch camp chooses their themes based on the interests and needs of the children at that location, so campers may explore different topics and activities, depending on the camp they attend.
Launch teachers facilitate enrichment activities that keep the children engaged. Students can initiate, plan, and lead activities based on their interest level. Weekly guest instructors and community volunteers also work with the children on projects that will maximize fun and learning.
We partner with a number of generous organizations to make field trips free or low cost to Launch students. Staff and children use public transportation for field trips, and Launch does not charge families field-trip fees.
Some community partners include:
Woodland Park Zoo
Pacific Science Center
Living Computers: Museum + Labs
The Center for Wooden Boats
Seattle Great Wheel
Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)
In addition to support from our community and corporate donors, we also take advantage of our city’s many free public attractions. The teachers and children explore local beaches and parks, make regular trips to the library, and attend sporting and performing arts events. Healthy doses of whimsy and play complement learning and exploration. Come September, children are recharged and ready to return to school.
Summer Leap Ahead (for children entering kindergarten in the fall)
The transition from preschool to a kindergarten is a milestone in a young child’s life. During the summer months, our incoming kindergartners may participate in our Leap Ahead program, designed to successfully transition preschoolers to kindergarten.
*We have special scholarships available for income-eligible Leap Ahead students. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (206) 726-7972 or for more information.
During the summer months, Launch children experience the same quality programming that they receive during the school year. We currently offer summer preschool programs at ourMiller Annex locationin Capitol Hill and ourHighland Park locationin West Seattle.