Campus Resources
  • C3 Program - The C3 program, offered by the Office of Human Resources, is a gateway to the campus and community! It provides essential support to new and prospective faculty, staff, and their families. The program is focused on two key components: Career Services and Community Connection. 
  • Dependant Care FSA Account - This account allows you to use pretax dollars to pay for eligible employment-related dependent care expenses.
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) - The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per calendar year to eligible employees for specific family and medical reasons.
  • IIHHS Clinical Services Programs
  • IIHHS Community Engagement Programs
  • WeCare ERGA group for working caregivers and those who support them in parenting, guardianship, grandparenting, or those assisting elders or individuals that are sick or living with a disability.
External Resources
  • Supporting Caregivers in the Workplace: A Practical Guide for Employers - The Northeast Business Group on Health(NEBGH) and AARP have released a practical toolkit to help employers of all sizes create workplace policies that help support employees who are family caregivers. Called Supporting Caregivers in the Workplace: A Practical Guide for Employers, the guide contains a series of tools, resources, and guidance. It provides employers with the essential information they need to understand family caregiving issues, the challenges facing both employers and employees, and what employers can do to create and implement successful workplace caregiving policies and programs. The toolkit is divided into several major sections beginning with an overview of the business case for workplace caregiving programs. The guide is the latest in a series of collaborative workplace caregiving initiatives between NEBGH and AARP, a John A. Hartford Foundation-grantee. To read the guide, click here.
  • Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance - Established in 2003, HDR set out to reverse the devastating impact many years of economic decline had on downtown. Today, downtown is the heart and soul of Harrisonburg. There is always something to do, including dance classes; art workshops and yoga at our craft breweries; live music; the farmers market; art exhibits; movies, and so much more. Our walkable, bikeable community offers much to explore from 30+ restaurants to museums to local history. Our quality of life is highly sought after -- downtown Harrisonburg is a livable, vibrant community where people are passionate about the Shenandoah Valley and creating a place that we love together. Downtown is where you can start your business, walk to work, meet your neighbors, raise your family, enjoy the mountains, get involved, and shop local.
  • Harrisonburg Parks and RecreationThe mission of the Harrisonburg Department of Parks and Recreation is to enhance the quality of life and meet the needs of every citizen by providing comprehensive leisure service opportunities. The department's mission is also to develop and maintain a safe system of open spaces and public facilities for the use and enjoyment by the community.
  • Rockingham County Parks and Recreation - The mission of the Rockingham County Parks and Recreation program is to foster lifetime involvement in and appreciation of activities that enrich the lives of all citizens of Rockingham County by providing high quality recreation and leisure activities.
  • United Way of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County - Uniting our community to empower people in need. We are an organization that forms partnerships and collaborations in the interest of positive social change.
Resources for Children

JMU Resources:

  • College for KidsCollege for Kids is an enrichment program for children in grades 1-8. Children will work with James Madison University faculty and graduate students, as well as experts from the community and surrounding area, to try new things, explore and discover talents they never knew they had!
  • JMU Athletics Puppy Pound - The JMU Dukes Puppy Pound presented by Chick-fil-A Harrisonburg is the official kids club of JMU Athletics. Join today to receive exclusive membership benefits including a membership t-shirt, Chick-fil-A pre-game parties, free tickets to select JMU home games, and much more!  Membership is just $15 per child and is open to all kids in 8th grade and under.
  • JMU Children's Theatre Playshop - Since its inception in 1993, the Children's Playshop has been entertaining families from across the Shenandoah Valley with quality family theater. What started out in Theatre II has now become a summer tradition at the new Forbes Center for the Performing Arts.
  • JMU Occupational Therapy Clinical Education Services - James Madison University’s Occupational Therapy Clinical Education Services (JMU-OTCES) is a dynamic clinical program offering pediatric therapy services to children and their families.  We serve children from birth through adolescence, helping them to achieve success in all areas of their life. Services include traditional one-on-one occupational therapy evaluations, interventions, and consultative services. Additional group programs and camps will be offered to address specific needs that cannot be adequately met by other community programs. The clinic operates with the support of JMU’s graduate occupational therapy program, with both students and faculty members collaborating on clinic events and services. In addition to providing services for the children who are referred for occupational therapy, the clinic also strives to support and educate both caregivers and community members. JMU-OTCES operates within JMU’s Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services (IIHHS), which provides opportunities for student learning, faculty practice, and research while meeting community needs.
  • JMU Planetarium
    • Science Sunday for Girls - Science Sundays for Girls is our small contribution in encouraging young American girls in the Valley to consider careers in science & engineering. Science is for everyone and its important that young girls know that and see that in action!
    • Space Explorers Camp - We seek to inspire and excite the next generation of scientists and engineers. These engaging, hands-on, inquiry-based camps will demonstrate to students that science is constantly changing, constantly uncovering new clues about why our universe is the way it is and not some other way. We will ask questions and then use the scientific method to try to answer them! We will investigate the size and scale of our solar system, learn about the robotic exploration of it, and learn about our own planet Earth and our fragile environment! Special Space Explorers camp visitors may include JMU science professors, engineers working at NASA on new missions, and perhaps even a NASA astronaut!
  • JMU's Young Children's Program - The Young Children's Program is an early learning program operated by the James Madison University College of Education.  Each class is led by a master teacher and a support staff of students. The YCP is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. 
  • Madison Playgroup - Madison Playgroup is a social group for JMU faculty and staff, their partners, and their kids (infants up to 10 years). Please join the Facebook page for more information and updates about playdates. For more information about the group or questions, please email Kala Melchiori (melchikj@jmu.edu). 
  • Policy 1341-Break Time for Nursing Mothers
  • University Recreation



External Resources:

  • Virginia Department of Social Services - DisclaimerThis information is provided as a public service by the Virginia Department of Social Services, which neither endorses any facility nor guarantees that the information is accurate, up to date or complete. This information, which should not be used as a sole source in selecting a facility, does not replace official information sources.
Resources for Elders

JMU Resources:

  • Caregivers Community Network - Community Network (CCN) provides services, companionship and support for those who care for frail older family members. CCN also provides services for those with memory loss or Alzheimer’s disease. CCN can help to give caregivers a break and provide valuable time for attention to family concerns. Services are evidence-based and customized for each individual.



External Resources:

  • Alzheimer's AssociationFormed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association advances research to end Alzheimer's and dementia while enhancing care for those living with the disease. The Alzheimer's Association 24/7 Helpline provides reliable information and support to all those who need assistance. Call toll-free anytime day or night at 1.800.272.3900.
  • Nursing Home Compare - A service provided by Medicare.gov, Nursing Home Compare has detailed information about every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country. A nursing home is a place for people who can’t be cared for at home and need 24-hour nursing care.
  • Senior Navigator - A 501c3 non-profit organization that provides free information about health, aging, disability and post-military resources available to Virginians. The information focuses on issues such as health, financial concerns, legal questions, health facilities, housing options, transportation, exercise programs, advocacy, and more.
Resources for Pets

JMU Resources:

  • Pet Insurance through VPIEmployees will be eligible for a 5% discounted rate for pet insurance, while being able to choose from three different plans.

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