Operation Little Learners

Interactive Parent-Child Education Program

Operation Little Learners is free to our active-duty service members and their families.

Operation Little Learners at ASYMCA Killeen is a parent-child program that acts as a platform to support parents and build confidence in their roles as their children’s first teacher.

Program Overview

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 early childhood education program 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 strong bond between parents and their little ones can predict the child’s ability to develop healthy relationships, handle conflict, and have an overall higher quality of life well into adulthood.



Parents and children participate side-by-side in fun and engaging activities to learn ways to grow together as a family. With a focus on phonics, writing, art, music, nutrition, fitness, and water safety, each participant leaves the program having established a foundation for future social and academic success.

This program operates Tuesdays and Fridays during the schoolyear, in the Fall and Spring, at the Harker Heights Wellness Center, 110 Mountain Lion Road


  • 18 mos – 24 mos: 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM
  • 2 yrs – 3 yrs: 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM
  • 4 yrs – 5 yrs: 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Signing up is easy! Just follow this link.

The next session starts in January 2024!