Children’s Waiting Room is located at the Tripler Army Medical Center. The staff at these locations provide a safe, healthy and nurturing environment for healthy children, 6 weeks to 12 years, to wait while their parent or sibling has a doctor’s appointment. It is open to all branches of the military. Reservations are highly recommended. Children's Waiting Room can be reached at (808) 433-3270.
Parent Participation Preschool is a three-phased, part-time program provided by our Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, U.S. Army Schofield Barracks/Wheeler Army Airfield and Marine Corps Base Hawaii branches. It is a program designed for parents to help their child(ren) transition from home to school while working side-by-side with them. Level of parent participation is determined by class placement. Our dedicated teachers provide a stimulating, safe and nurturing environment which helps to give children a positive beginning to their education. We have open enrollment.
As a precursor to preschool, Early Learning Readiness (ELR) is a research based community program that administers a two hour structured learning course for children ages birth to three years and their caregivers.
ELR offers children high quality physical, emotional, and cognitive experiences and arranges the opportunity for children and caregivers to engage in interactive learning activities and centers that promote vocabulary, math, and listening skills. With caregivers as a child’s first teacher, this instruction will equip them with the confidence, tools, and support they seek to ensure their child embarks on the journey to preschool ready to learn. Available through our branches on Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam and Wheeler Army Airfield.
Playmorning is a popular program that provides an environment for parents to bring their children to a nearby community center for a time of craft, free play, storytelling and singing. Playmorning promotes social skills, creativity, literacy and fine & large motor skills for children 0-3 years old. This program is provided through our Armed Services YMCA Hawai`i, Kaneohe Branch on Marine Corps Base Hawaii and Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam.
Check with your local branch on school availability. Operation Hero is a program provided to military school-age children in grades 2-6. It is offered through all three branches: Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Wheeler/Schofield, and Marine Corps Base Hawaii and partnering schools. Operation Hero is designed to address challenges faced by many military children (feelings of isolation, feelings of self-doubt, frequent or long-term deployments by one or both parents and academic difficulties due to frequent moves). This program promotes social responsibility through team-building activities. The dedicated facilitator takes the time to interact with the children on a one-on-one basis as well as in a group setting. This targeted method is believed to be the key to the program’s success.
Father Daughter Dances help strengthen the connection between fathers and daughters by arranging elegant evenings to dance the night away. Military Children's Ball is open to every member of the military family such as mothers and sons, fathers and daughters or even the whole family! These events offer an entertaining outing for the guests and includes a delicious buffet dinner, dancing, prizes, and lots of laughter and smiles. OUR NEXT Father Daughter Dance is on February 7. Learn more and purchase your tickets today!
Fun and educational camps are hosted during the summer for students up to age 12. One of our highlight camps is the special STEM and robotics camp where children are introduced to the world of building, programming, and testing robotics. The camp culminates with an exciting competition between robots. Camp Hero is also a favorite for many of our children. Camp Hero is for children up to age 12.
ASYMCA Marketplace (formerly known as the Food Pantry) ensures military families have everything they need to keep bellies full and homes running smoothly. From groceries to laundry detergent, diapers to personal care items, the ASYMCA Marketplace has everything your family needs at no cost. Items you may find regularly at ASYMCA Marketplace include canned goods (fruits, veggies, meats), cereal, oatmeal, beverages, snacks, books, clothing, diapers, and baby formula. Hours are Monday - Friday, 8am - 3pm at all ASYMCA Hawai`i locations. No appointment necessary. If you want to visit outside of these hours, let us know. We're happy to make arrangements with you.
ASYMCA Marketplace also hosts its monthly `Ohana Food Drop, a community food distribution event, at Wheeler Army Airfield and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
• `Ohana Food Drop at MCBH usually on the second Monday of every month
• `Ohana Food Drop at WAAF usually on the fourth Monday of every month
• `Ohana Food Drop at JBPHH usually on the fourth Wednesday of every month
`Ohana Food Drop dates and times may change. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram (@ASYMCAHawaii) for our latest updates.
ASYMCA is also able to provide temporary financial assistance to military families experiencing emergencies.
The Armed Services YMCA, in partnership with Jack Daniels, brings troops home for the holidays with Operation Ride Home. Eligible service members and their families receive funding towards travel from their duty station to spend time with their loved ones back home. Mahalo nui loa to Jack Daniels for making this program possible!
Learn more about Operation Ride Home 2021 and apply for your chance to go home for the holidays HERE.
Celebrating the Military Family occurs every November and coincides with Military Family Month. This unique event provides community and military leaders the opportunity to honor one family from each of the six service branches (United States Army, United States Marine Corps, United States Navy, United States Air Force, United States Coast Guard, and the Hawaii National Guard) and recognizes their service and sacrifice.
Watch the 2020 Virtual Celebrating the Military Family Ceremony