The on-going global pandemic has forced us to change, adapt, and find new ways to serve our youth. While there have been many calls for us to get back to “normal,” many of us find ourselves reflecting on all the ways that what was considered “normal” is not acceptable — not acceptable for the well-being of the amazing youth our sector serves or for all the adults in our field who do this incredibly important work...
Launch has been a YDEKC Member organization since 2011, and for four decades, they have been dedicated to serving children of all backgrounds in the greater Seattle area. Their programs support a child’s social, emotional, and educational development — leading to brilliant outcomes. There are twelve locations run by trained and caring staff who provide research-based, enriching activities for preschool and school-age children. Launch is here to serve families!
Launch offers a year-round kindergarten readiness Preschool Program for children ages 3-5; a School Age Program that includes remote learning support, virtual field trips, enrichment activities, and outdoor play; and nine weeks of Summer Programs for children ages 3–12, with weekly themes and flexible enrollment — sign up for however many weeks best meets your family’s needs. Every aspect of their research-based programs is designed with children’s social, emotional, and academic needs in mind. Launch's collaboration with Seattle Public Schools allows staff to communicate and partner with teachers, building on and complementing school-day learning. When COVID-19 hit, they quickly shifted their before-and-afterschool programming to full-day care, prioritizing free care to essential workers.
They are currently hiring for several positions, including a Preschool Lead Teacher role and a Program Site Manager — apply today to join their team. If you’re interested in volunteering to support Launch's administrative team or to work in one of their on-site locations, contact their human resources department.