Hours and Program Availability

Program Hours

Before school:     7:00 am–7:45 am (End time may vary depending on SPS start times)

After school:         2:00 pm–6:00 pm (Start time may vary depending on SPS release times)

Summer:               7:00 am-6:00 pm

Full Day Care:      7:00 am–6:00 pm

Preschool:             8:00 am–2:00 pm (Before and After Care Available)

Extended care is offered at an additional charge. Prepayment for extended care is required. Extended care includes:


  • Early Dismissal days (School-Age)
  • Conference days
  • Teacher in-service days
  • Winter Break
  • Mid-Winter Break
  • Spring Break


There is always the possibility that sites will combine during the school breaks due to low enrollment or the condition of your sites school (i.e. construction).

Program Closure Days

Launch Programs are closed for the following holidays:


  • Martin Luther King Day
  • President’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veteran’s Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year’s Eve
  • New Year’s Day


Launch also closes for Staff Professional Development. Professional Development closures occur between the end of the school year and the beginning of summer camp and at the end of summer camp and the beginning of the following school year.

Staff and Professional Development

Launch strives to employ a diverse and experienced staff which reflects the communities we serve. We invest in professional development opportunities for all teachers, whether they are just starting out in their career or have been teaching for many years.  We partner with community agencies such as the City of Seattle’s Early Education Collaborative (SEEC), School’s Out Washington, and Child Care Resources to provide training and educational opportunities for our teaching staff. All of our teachers receive 30 hours of STARS (State Training Approved Registry System) Child Care Basics certification in Diversity, Cultural Competency, Youth Empowerment, Child Growth and Development, Child Guidance, and Health and Safety. Every year, teachers also receive 10 additional hours in STARS approved training in a variety of topics relevant to their positions. All staff members have First Aid/CPR training, background checks through the Department of Early Learning, and regular in-service training. We view our consistent commitment to quality education both to the children we serve and to the larger workforce we support as a key component to our mission and success.