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.
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.
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.
The following sessions are open exclusively to LMH Residents in the Hampton Roads area. Sessions will resume when LMH Community Centers reopen.
NORFOLK POINTE COMMUNITY CENTER, NORFOLK
OCEANA COMMUNITY CENTER, VIRGINIA BEACH
WHITEHURST FARMS COMMUNITY CENTER, NORFOLK
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
CRAFT AND CONVERSATION - Muffins with Mom
Join us as we celebrate MOM! Come ready to create someMother's Day inspired crafts & activities. This in-person event will be at the ASYMCA Hampton Roads, located at 1465 LakesideRd, Virginia Beach, VA 23455, on Friday morning, May 7th from either 9:30-10:30 or 10:30-11:30.
Choose only one time-frame when registering.
Please register both child(ren) and adult(s) that will attend.
MAY TICKET GIVE - AWAY FOR OLL PARTICIPANTS
WHO WANTS TO RIDE ON A MONSTER TRUCK!?! OLL Participants (either virtual or face-to-face) will receive a ticket for OBX Monster Truck Rides located at 5688 Caratoke Hwy., Poplar Branch, North Carolina, 27965. We will meet on location and we are offering 2 check-in times on May 21, either 10:00 am or 10:45 am. Kids can explore Digger's Dungeon while onsite and check out more Monster trucks as well as spotting farm animals, a clean playground, gift shop, and dine.
Please choose only one time frame when registering. Must register both child(ren) (18 months- 5 years old) and adult(s) that will attend (older siblings welcome to purchase a ticket at the location). Must be 2 years old to ride the Monster Trucks.
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.