Strengthening Our Military Family® | Armed Services YMCA of Hampton Roads

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OPERATION LITTLE LEARNERS

A 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 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.

Class sessions are two hours long. The first hour of each session is an educational experience. During the second half of the session, children get to participate in Kids Club, an opportunity for structured free play. Once per week, parents have the opportunity to participate in either Zumba or yoga (with certified instructors) while their children participate in Kids Club. Operation Little Learners understands that parents need support and connection just as much as their kiddos!

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. 

OLL PROGRAM REGISTRATION

All program participants must have an Armed Services YMCA Membership. Memberships are FREE to all active duty service members and their dependents.

Activate your FREE membership today!

OPERATION LITTLE LEARNERS ONLINE

SUMMER SESSION

JUNE 16 - SEPTEMBER 3

RECEIVE AN EMAIL LINK TO THE LESSON EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY.

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THE FOLLOWING SESSIONS ARE OPEN EXCLUSIVELY TO LINCOLN MILITARY HOUSING RESIDENTS IN THE HAMPTON ROADS AREA. SESSIONS WILL RESUME WHEN LMH COMMUNITY CENTERS REOPEN.

NORFOLK POINTE 

TBD

NORFOLK POINTE COMMUNITY CENTER, NORFOLK

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WADSWORTH SHORES

TBD

OCEANA COMMUNITY CENTER, VIRGINIA BEACH

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WHITEHURST FARMS

TBD

WHITEHURST FARMS COMMUNITY CENTER, NORFOLK

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SUMMER FAMILY FUN

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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.

AAARG-UST AT THE VIRGINIA LIVING MUSEUM | AUGUST 7

View red wolves, the most endangered mammal in North America. Get up close to a loggerhead sea turtle and jellyfish. See fish with no eyes and frogs that change colors. Explore living replicas of a cypress swamp, Appalachian mountain cove and limestone cave. Touch live spider crabs and fossilized dinosaur tracks.

The Virginia Living Museum introduces students to more than 250 living species native to Virginia through exhibits, discovery centers and interactive hands-on exhibits. All exhibits correlate with and reinforce national science standards.

***UPDATE - This event has reached capacity but you can join the waiting list here: VIRGINIA LIVING MUSEUM WAITING LIST

AAAAARG-UST CRAFT & CONVERSATION | AUGUST 25

Pirates & Mermaids, please join us at the Town Point Park (next to the Wisconsin) on Tuesday, August 25th. Join us for a treasure hunt, create your own pirate or mermaid hat and much more!

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OLL AUGUST NEWSLETTER

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COVID-19 UPDATE | We LOVE it when our active duty military members join their families for our events and they are always encouraged to do so. However, as long as the Frago is active, we can not encourage participation from our active duty service members at our events. We also CAN NOT wait for these restrictions to be lifted, this COVID to pass, us all to be healthy and we all gather again soon!