Students with Children
Nicole Eramo

Nicole Eramo
Associate Dean of Students

P.O. Box 400708
Charlottesville VA 22904-0708

P 434.924.7216
F 434.924.3889

Students with Children

The Office of the Dean of Students strives to connect undergraduate and graduate students who are parents - or are facing/considering that prospect - with available resources, including each other, to help further their education, health, and well-being. The Office can also help connect students with resources at the University and beyond. We advocate for the needs of students with children in a variety of forums.

In addition to working one-on-one with students, we facilitate a larger “Students with Families” group where students can share information, concerns, or simply socialize with other student-parents. If you are interested in making an appointment to meet with the Dean, or you would like more information about the “Students with Families” group or email listserv, contact Dean Eramo at or by calling 434-924-7133. Our offices are located on the 2nd floor of Peabody Hall.

Women’s Health, Pregnancy, and Birth

The graduate guide contains a comprehensive list of resources for pregnancy, birth, and infancy in and around the Charlottesville area. Additionally, some of the more common resources for women’s health are featured below.

University of Virginia Martha Jefferson
Other Community Resources

Childcare, Daycare, Preschool

UVA-Specific Childcare Options
  • Child Development Centers
    The University of Virginia Academic Division operates two childcare centers that address the childcare needs of University faculty, staff, and students, as well as employees of the hospital, University-affiliated foundations, and contractors. The centers accommodate the needs of young children (from infants to Pre-K).
  • Malcolm Cole Childcare Center
    The Malcolm Cole Childcare Center addresses the childcare needs of University faculty and staff in the medical service or health services sector of UVA.
Community Childcare Options
  • Charlottesville/Albemarle Daycares and Preschools
    The Students with Families Initiative in the Dean of Students office is happy to provide parents with the following information on local day care and preschool options.  Please note, however, that we do not endorse any of the following facilities. All information is based on responses from facility representatives during phone conversations and is subject to change.
  • Child, Youth & Family Services, Inc.
    CYFS is a comprehensive organization providing programs for children, teens, and parents. The staff at CYFS can help parents find a childcare alternative in the Charlottesville area that best matches their needs.
  • United Way Child Care Scholarship Program
    The United Way Child Care Scholarship Program is available for working families in the Thomas Jefferson Planning District (including Charlottesville) who meet stipulated income guidelines.

Family-Friendly Recreational Activities

  • Jefferson-Madison Regional Library System
    The Jefferson-Madison Library System provides adults and children who are residents in the Charlottesville/Albemarle Country area with access to a wealth of electronic and print resources, free of charge. The Gordon Avenue Library is closest to UVA.
  • "Tell Us A Tale" Radio Show
    “Tell Us A Tale” is the only children's radio program in Central Virginia, heard every Sunday from noon to 2 pm on WTJU 91.1 FM. Check out past programs online.
  • Virginia Discovery Museum
    The VADM is a great place for children to engage with the world around them. The museum features exciting children’s exhibits, hosts summer camps, and sponsors other child-friendly events throughout the year.
  • UVA Activities for Kids
    This website features a wide variety of UVA-sponsored programs and activities that are available for kids, ranging from sports camps to writing workshops.
  • Summer Camps
    The “Out an About in Cville” website sponsored by UVA’s School of Medicine features links to websites targeted to those individuals wishing to explore things to do, see, and enjoy in Charlottesville. Don’t forget to check out the list of summer camps open to children of all ages.

Other Useful Links for Students with Families

  • Charlottesville Family Magazine
    This online magazine provides a comprehensive review of all the family-friendly activities, events, shops, etc. in an around the Charlottesville area. This is also a great resource for individuals wishing to connect with local family support clubs and groups. 
  • Graduate Housing on Grounds
    The University offers various on Grounds housing options for graduate students who are single, married, and/or with families.
  • Parenting Network of Charlottesville
    This online forum connects families locally. The purpose of this network is to encourage resource-sharing, networking, and focused discussion on topics most relevant to the families of Charlottesville.
  • Significant Others Support Group for UVA School of Medicine
    The Significant Others Support Group is a social organization that provides emotional and social support and promotes friendship and interaction among the significant others of students at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.
  • Monticello Avenue
    This community information network features organizations across Albemarle County and surrounding areas. From a list of all the public and private school options to local businesses sorted by function, this website has it all.