Lead the charge to brilliant outcomes for the children of our community by ensuring equitable access to the highest quality learning and care.
We honor all social, economic, and cultural diversities. We welcome everyone and treat each other respectfully, fairly, and equitably.
With kindness and compassion we acknowledge the well-being of the whole person. Our community is about achievement and the joy of doing/learning.
We continually strive to improve. We ask, evaluate, learn, and apply—to strengthen results that advance our mission.
We know that communication is key to building trust, consistency, and alignment. We listen with care and strive to be proactive, yet thoughtful.
We recognize our shared responsibility to each other, and to the children, families, and partners we serve. We are responsible for our actions, words, and attitudes.
We prioritize the physical and emotional safety of the children in our care.
Launch supports working families from all social, economic, and cultural backgrounds. Families who enroll in our program enter a network of assistance that strengthens the community, while offering positive opportunities for their children.
Our twelve locations have deep, committed relationships with school districts, including Seattle Public Schools. This collaboration with the school district allows our staff to communicate and partner with teachers, ensuring what children learn in our before and after-school programs complements and supports what they’re learning in the classroom, readying them for kindergarten.
Launch administrative staff and teachers are passionate about preparing 21st Century learners for school and life in a fun, nurturing environment. Focusing on social, emotional, and academic learning and growth, we’re leading the charge to brilliant outcomes for the children in our community.
We invite families, donors, volunteers, and members of our community to learn how you can get involved in helping us prepare children for the future!
Our intention is to empower every child in our care.
In 2019-20, we served 1,125 children ages 3 to 12.
Eight of the schools we serve are Title I schools and receive additional federal funding because they serve high numbers of low-income students.
Public schools partner with Launch services and programs to help children acquire the academic and social-emotional skills needed for a thriving future.
Launch has served Seattle working families for 40 years.
We consistently deliver data-based evidence of our programs’ effectiveness. These successful outcomes matter to families, donors, policymakers, and the children in our care.
More than 30% of Launch families are lower-income and receive child-care subsidies from DSHS or the City of Seattle.
Our high-quality programs are open to every child in the community. In addition to city and DSHS funding, donor support is a critical and integral source for funding our services.
24% of Launch children speak a language other than (or in addition to) English in their home.
We respect all cultural practices, beliefs, and values. Exploration of differences through community partnerships, classroom show-and-share days, and family engagement events such as potlucks and art walks inspire cultural enrichment and understanding.
56% of kids at Launch are children of color or multiracial.
Children live in a fast-paced, evolving world. Twenty-first century learners will benefit from the diversity and exposure to other cultures offered at each of our nine locations.
93% of survey respondents agreed that Launch programs support their child’s academic development or kindergarten readiness.
We’re here to support and ease the load of working families in our communities. Partnering with families, teachers, and administrators, we offer resources and programs that ensure every child has equitable access to intellectual, physical, and social opportunities.