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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.

UVA Dean of Students

The Office of the Dean of Students offers general assistance to students on questions related to student life. The maintain a list of area preschools and day care centers (other than the UVA Child Development Center).

Charlottesville Family

This local weekly website and print magazine is dedicated to making parenting easier and growing up fun for families in the Charlottesville-Albemarle area. It includes a calendar of family-friendly events, feature articles on parenting, resource guides on everything from having a baby to going fishing, discussion forums, school information, daytrip ideas and party-planning information.

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. 

International Studies Family Handbook

The International Studies site, designed for international students, has useful information on eligibility and application materials regarding F-2 or J-2 status.


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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. UVA has compiled a list of day care 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, or call Albemarle County Schools at 296-5820 or see their site,


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


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