Operation Little Learners

A parent & me class for children ages 18mos-5 years old

Interactive Parent-Child Education 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.

Little Learners Family Fun

Each month, Operation Little Learners 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 ASYMCA membership before registering.

Field Trip Registration

Frequently Asked Questions

Operation Little Learners at Armed Services YMCA Hampton Roads is an educational program that acts as a much-needed platform to help support and build confidence in parents in their roles as their child’s first teacher. This program guides and provides tools to parents to enhance key areas of early childhood development and offers an opportunity for parent-child bonding.  This class also provides the setting for both parents and children to make new friendships and feel part of a community, which is critical in the lives of military families. Additionally, parent-child bonding can predict a child’s ability to develop healthy relationships, handle conflicts, and have an overall higher quality of life well into adulthood. The classes provide a variety of activities that enhance cognitive, emotional, social, motor, and other skills of children ages 18 months through 5 years old.

Frequent moves due to military orders are unique stressors of military family life. These moves can come without warning and without control over future location. The move can often cause economic hardships and feelings of isolation. Coupled with potential short-term deployments by the service member, military life can result in the military family feeling untethered without the support of their own family or an established local network to rely upon. Many junior-enlisted active-duty spouses are young, new parents, away from the familiarity of their home community.

This class provides the setting for both parents and children to make new friendships and feel part of a new community. From a physiological and sociological perspective, we know a parent’s bonding with their little one can predict the child’s ability to develop healthy relationships, handle conflicts, and have an overall higher quality of life well into adulthood. As such, the Armed Services YMCA has created Operation Little Learners, which fosters a connection to a community of support, as well as fun and engaging activities to ensure that parents and their child/children learn ways to grow together as a family.

Session G: Little Creek | M & W | 9:30am-11:30am

2156 Wellings Court, Virginia Beach VA, 23455


Session H: Norfolk Point | M & W | 9:30am-11:30am

428 Ingram Loop, Norfolk VA, 23505


Session I: Willoughby Bay | T & Th | 9:30am-11:30am

8180 O’Conner Cres, Norfolk VA 23503

Session A: Larchmont Library | M & W | 11:00am-1:00pm

6525 Terminal Blvd, Norfolk VA, 23508


Session B: JEBLC Library | M & W | 12:15pm-2:15pm

1481 D Street, Building 3016, Fort Story VA, 23511


Session C: Ft Story Library | T & Th | 9:30am-11:30am

Omaha Beach Road, Building 864, Fort Story VA, 23511


Session D: NW Annex Chapel | T & Th | 9:30am-11:30am

3405 Relay Road, Chesapeake VA, 23322


Session E: Ft Eustis Library | T & Th | 9:30am-11:30am

313 Washington Blvd, Fort Eustis VA, 23604


Session F: Dam Neck Chapel | T & Th | 9:30am-11:30am

1884 Terrier Ave, Building 503, Virginia Beach VA, 23454



Younger siblings are ALWAYS welcome to join. If you have an older child, they may join us on non-school days or if you have a homeschooler that wants to tag along, please contact the Director to confirm availability. Every head counts, so siblings must register too!

You must be an active-duty military family with a child between the ages of 18mos-5 years.

Unfortunately, no. Our grant funding only covers active-duty military families. We are a military community that faces a unique set of challenges, so we have created a place just for AD families. Veteran families, thank you for your service, however, our group is reserved for active-duty families.

Our Early Education Director, Tessa Davis, will be happy to answer any questions you have.  Tessa can be reached at 757-363-1884 or TDavis@ASYMCA.org

Your ASYMCA Membership

All program participants must have an Armed Services YMCA Membership which is FREE to all active duty service members and their dependents. Simply follow the link button below and select 'login' to sign up!

Activate Membership Here

Family Outings and Craft & Conversation

Each month our OLL plans a Family Fun Field Trip and Craft & Conversation Meet Up. To register for these outings, click on the link below!

Register Here!

Sign Up For Classes

Our curriculum-based program builds early social and cognitive skills. Join your child in a classroom environment filled with fun and educational activities. Once you've activated your FREE ASYMCA membership, follow the link below to choose your class.

Register for Classes Here!