While visiting Hampton Roads last week, Mrs. Linda Gilday, wife of recently confirmed Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Michael Gilday, made a special trip to the Armed Services YMCA in Virginia Beach alongside Mrs. Christina Grady, wife of Admiral Christopher Grady. During their visit, they had the opportunity to tour the facility and observe an Operation Little Learners class in session.
Operation Little Learners is a program designed to meet the educational and social development needs of military children aged eighteen months to five years. Little Learners is a curriculum-based, early childhood education and community-building offering of the Armed Services YMCA Hampton Roads. The program focuses on school readiness, early socialization and parent connection for military families.
Based on the unique experience and challenges faced by military kids, Operation Little Learners program exists to help build a strong foundation. Living in the transition brought about by military life can cause learning gaps and barriers to social development and resilience. Operation Little Learners provides both an opportunity to learn those skills and a space to practice them. The program also understands that parents are their children’s first and best teachers. Little Learners provides strategies and techniques for parents to support their child at home as well as opportunities to build community for themselves.
Both Mrs. Gilday and Mrs. Grady enjoyed learning about the program and seeing the real impact it has on military kids and families in our area. The kids had a fabulous time learning about the letter F, making F is for Flag t-shirts and engaging in sensory play.
Operation Little Learners is offered at three locations in Norfolk and Virginia Beach for current Lincoln Military Housing residents. A new program open to all military families will open at the Armed Services YMCA regional branch in Virginia Beach in January 2020. Families interested in learning about the program opening in January are invited to join us on a field trip. Upcoming field trips include the Virginia Aquarium, pumpkin picking and more. To stay up to date on all our programs, subscribe to our newsletter.