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Virginia Law Families

This organization provides support to and promotes the interests of those students facing the challenges of attending law school while raising children. The group promotes social interaction and information sharing among interested persons, including both current and prospective parents. Issues of specific concern include child care, medical resources, and family activities or community events, with particular emphasis on low-cost options to help those on a tight budget. VLF also supports the law school admissions staff by encouraging individuals with families to apply for admissions and attend the University of Virginia School of Law and by serving as an information resource for potential attendees.

Monticello Avenue

This local community site has information about schools and links to school websites, as well as information about camps and education resources.

UVA Women's Center

The Women's Center babysitter list is updated each fall and spring semester and can either be mailed or picked up. Recipients of the list are supplied with the following information on each sitter—phone numbers, foreign languages spoken, hobbies and interests, whether they have their own transportation, age preferences, hours of availability and child-care experience. The center does not conduct screening interviews or background checks on any babysitter listed, and it is the responsibility of the parents to negotiate terms and pay rates. 

Dean of Students

The Office of the Dean of Students offers general assistance to students on questions related to student life.

International Studies Family Handbook

The International Studies site, designed for international students, has useful information on public schools, private schools and daycare, and babysitter services.

United Way Information and Referral Center
2560-D Ivy Rd

The United Way sponsors a referral telephone number to put people in contact with community services ranging from daycare to services for the elderly and the handicapped.

Children, Youth and Family Services Inc.
116 W. Jefferson Street

CYFS will provide a list of home-care providers, day-care centers and preschools, as well as information on how to become listed. If you are calling long-distance, they will fax any information you need. This is an extremely handy service and highly recommended.

Charlottesville Family (formerly Albemarle Family)

This local weekly website and quarterly print magazine is dedicated to making parenting easier and growing up fun for families in the Charlottesville-Albemarle area. It includes local feature articles on parenting, resource guides on everything from having a baby to going fishing, discussion forums, school information, daytrip ideas and a party planner. It also offers a weekly e-newsletter written for parents.

Family Friends
2303 Dellmeade Lane

This service provides a sitter upon request, for a fee.

The Lollipop Shop
(Location Varies)

This semi-annual consignment sale offers children's clothing, toys and other supplies. As the week-long sale progresses, the price of the items drops by 10 percent per day. This is a great opportunity to stock up on children's supplies of all types. Most are very gently used, and the bargains are plentiful. Check the website for dates and location.

Photo courtesy of the Charlottesville/Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau, visitcharlottesville.org


If you are arriving in Charlottesville with children, you have special concerns to think about. This site is designed to help your family adjust smoothly to life in Central Virginia. We have compiled a list of daycare centers and private schools that have preschools or kindergartens. To learn more about local public schools, call Charlottesville Public Schools at 245-2400, or see www.ccs.k12.va.us, or call Albemarle County Schools at 296-5827 or see their site, www.albemarle.org.


The Albemarle Family website has great tips for families throughout, but its Family Support Clubs & Groups page is particularly helpful, with referal information for area playgroups, homeschool groups and special needs networking, among others.


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