“The teachers are great with the kids and I really feel like they know and understand each child individually, which is so important.”
– Launch Parent
We offer summer programs for children ages 3–12 at 7 regional locations. Our camps are open five days a week, from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. to provide pre-program before and after care. The core summer program is offered from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and will run for 8 weeks in Summer 2020 with a week-long break at the end of July.
Please click the below links for more information on each location’s summer 2020 themes.
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 in 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. 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 weekly 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 which camp they attend.
Launch teachers facilitate enrichment activities that keep the children interested. 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 us. Staff and children always 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 Computer Museum
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 the 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 can participate in our Leap Ahead program, which is designed to successfully transition preschoolers to kindergarten.
*We have special scholarships available for income-eligible Leap Ahead students. Contact the Admin Office at 206.726.7972 for more information.*
During the summer, children experience the same quality programming in the summer that they receive during the school year. We offer summer preschool at our Miller Annex location in Capitol Hill and our Highland Park location in West Seattle.