Throughout her career, Mari has been dedicated to bringing quality educational opportunities and supports to children and youth. She has extensive experience building local, statewide and national coalitions and initiatives that impact systems change for children and youth.
Launch, formerly Community Day School Association (CDSA), is a nonprofit that provides affordable, high-quality before and after school, preschool and summer programs at 12 locations in Central, Southeast, and West Seattle.
Launch’s goal is to provide a safe, fun, nurturing place where children develop the social-emotional and academic skills they need to be successful throughout their lives. Every year they serve more than 1,250 children ages 3-12.
Launch was founded in 1977 as Community Day School Association. The first location at Montlake Elementary was the first after-school private child-care program to operate within Seattle Public Schools (SPS). It was started by a group of parents who wanted to create a safe and nurturing after-school environment with quality programming for their children.
Launch has formed strong partnerships with the City of Seattle, Seattle Public Schools, and a wide variety of local nonprofit organizations. They are leaders in the fields of early learning and youth development, and have earned the respect from local families, partners, and community.
We are excited about the future as Mari supports Launch through their transition and are looking forward to working with their stakeholders throughout the process.
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