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Operation Little Learners

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A FREE program created by the Armed Services YMCA,

Operation Little Learners (OLL) provides a supportive environment for both parents and children to learn, connect and grow. This parent-and-me preschool readiness program is open to all active-duty military dependents ages 18 months to 5 years. OLL understands that parents are a child's first and best teacher. This program equips parents with the tools they need to help their child develop and grow while also giving both parent and child an opportunity for connection and community. 

Military life can be hard. Multiple moves before a child reaches school age can create a variety of challenges including inconsistent educational opportunities and lack of community. OLL empowers parents to actively guide their child's early education. It also gives both parent and child an opportunity to build community with other military families who understand their unique situation. The curriculum emphasizes fine motor skills, letter recognition, sensory play and opportunities for social development. Each session runs twice per week for thirteen weeks. The Armed Services YMCA of Hampton Roads currently has four sessions running in locations in Virginia Beach and Norfolk.

This curriculum-based program builds early social and cognitive skills. Join your child in a classroom environment filled with fun educational activities. This is an opportunity for you to help guide your child through the learning stations, join them in singing songs, crafts and listening to stories.

Operation Little Learners results in parents and children that are stronger and more resilient, who not only develop and grow due to the organized curriculum, but also connect to a support network filled with other moms and dads experiencing the same military life challenges. With a focus on phonics, writing, science, and math skills, participants graduate feeling prepared for kindergarten and having established a foundation for future social and academic success. 

 

 

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PROGRAM REGISTRATION

All program participants must have an Armed Services YMCA Membership which is FREE to all active duty service members and their dependents. Simply follow the link button below and select "login" to sign up.

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We offer multiple options to attend whether that be in our Virtual Classroom or in Face-to-Face.

 

OLL IN-PERSON SCHOOL READINESS CLASSES SEPT 12- DEC 15

Open to ACTIVE DUTY Military families

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NON-LIBERTY MILITARY RESIDENTS

The following sessions are open to all Active-Duty Military families. We offer in-person sessions at our Regional Office in Virginia Beach or you may choose to attend virtually.

Session A: Dam Neck Chapel | M & W | 9:30am-11:30am
1884 Terrier Ave. Bldg 503 Virginia Beach, VA, 23454

REGISTER HERE

 

Session B: JEBLC Library | M & W | 12:15pm-2:15pm
1481 D St Bldg 3016, Virginia Beach, VA 23459

REGISTER HERE

 

Session C: Ft Story Library | T & TH | 9:30am-11:30am
Omaha Beach Road, Bldg 864, Fort Story, VA 23511

REGISTER HERE

 

Session D: Moyock Library | M & W | 9:30am-11:30am
126 Campus Dr, Moyock, NC 27958

REGISTER HERE

 

VIRTUAL SPRING SESSION

SEPTEMBER 13, 2022

REGISTER BELOW AND GET ALL 26 SESSIONS EMAILED TO YOU DIRECTLY.

REGISTER HERE

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LIBERTY MILITARY HOUSING RESIDENTS

The following sessions are open exclusively to LMH Residents in the Hampton Roads area. Sessions will resume when LMH Community Centers reopen.

Session E: Little Creek | M & W | 9:30am-11:30am
2156 Wellings Court, Virginia Beach, VA 23455

REGISTER HERE

Session F: Whitehurst Farms| T & Th | 9:30am-11:30am
1690 Normandy Landing, Norfolk, VA 23518

REGISTER HERE

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LITTLE LEARNERS FAMILY FUN

Each month, Operation Little Learners (OLL) plans a Family Fun Field Trip in Hampton Roads and a Craft & Conversation meet-up.  All OLL programs are FREE and open to ALL military families and their dependents. You must register in advance to save your spot. Participants must be signed up for their FREE Armed Services YMCA membership before registering.
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September Opportunites

You can now register for Operation Little Learners events by clicking on the My ASYMCA button in the menu bar at the top of any page. Simply login with the information that was sent to the email on file. Search for Operation Little Learners activities and add them to your cart! As always, all of our Little Learners programmings are FREE to active duty military dependents between the ages of 18 months and 5 years.

For questions, please contact:

Mrs. Tessa Davis at tdavis@asymca.org

(757) 363-1884

Field Trip Registration

 

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FIELD TRIP  |  SEPTEMBER 8

We are heading to the Virginia Zoo of Norfolk on September 8th at 9:30 AM.
Our little learners will have a memorable, fun and educational day of learning about animals and conservation. We will meet at 3500 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23504.

Must register each adult and child (up to 5 y/o) that will attend. Must be a OLL School Readiness Participant (either virtual or in-person within 2022) to receive a ticket. Additional family tickets may be purchased on-site.

 

CRAFT & CONVERSATION  |  SEPTEMBER 30

 Mrs. Tessa's FAVORITE C&C!
This event is open to EVERYONE! A great way to introduce your friends to OLL! Rainbow Puppet Productions is an award-winning team that has created a musical review that shares the joy of reading through music, dance, puppetry, and storytelling. It's a traveling, early reading program that kids totally love.
If you missed it last year, don't you dare miss it this year! Each child will make their own puppet before the show.

This in-person event will be outdoors at the "Pearl by the Bay" Park, located on JEBLC (intersection of I and 7th) on Friday morning, September 30th from 10:00-11:15.

Please register both child(ren) and adult(s) that will attend. Feel free to invite your friends!

 

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COVID-19 UPDATE | We are practicing social distancing and healthy hygiene habits during all of our events and our in-person sessions at our Regional Office. You must register in advance for ALL attendees to ensure adequate space.

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