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Operation Little Learners

Operation Little Learners - Parent-Child Program

Operation Little Learners is an interactive education program for parents and their children to enhance child development. Parents learn to be the primary educator of their child with tools to enhance child development and early learning, as well as parent-child  bonding.

Parents & Children Served

2019: 6,000
2018: 5,000

Program Overview

Operation Little Learners education program  builds confidence in military parents in their role as their child's first teacher. Children ages 2-5 participate in activities to prepare them for kindergarten.

The program:

  • Provides activities to enhance cognitive, emotional, social, motor and other skills.
  • Focuses on phonics, writing, science, and math skills.
  • Provides fun and engaging activities to ensure that parents and their children learn ways to grow together as a family.
  • Provides a connection to a community of support.


Operation Little Learners results in stronger and more resilient parents and children.

“Colton has had an exciting year attending. He has made friends and loves telling me about his day. We have seen a huge improvement in his communication skills.” – military parent

“Jesse would not have had the chance to attend an education program due to our financial situation. The education he received was far beyond our expectations.” – military parent

“Mason loves learning. We were concerned that he may be uninterested, unfocused and unexcited about attending a preschool. How surprised we are that he is engaged, learning and looking forward to each class. Recently our family decided to accept a new duty station. It was so wonderful when the teacher supplied a learning pack of activities and lesson plans for our family on his last day. He will still feel like he is a part of the class and I have the educational tools to work with him during this transition.” – military parent


Many of the ASYMCA locations offer Operation Hero. Find your local branch.


The Armed Services YMCA is committed to providing this important, life-skills and character development after-school program to more children at more locations nationwide. For just $400, help us invest in the emotional health and well-being of a military child. Donate now.