ISSS has compiled the following resources to help international students and scholars find childcare in Harrisonburg. If you are an international student or scholar and would like more assistance in this matter, feel free to email us at

If you are a member of JMU's larger faculty and staff community and you are looking for childcare, you may be looking for the following link: Young Children's Program.

For Children 0-5 Years Old

There are several options for finding someone to watch your young child. These options are home-based daycare, center-based daycare, preschool, and/or private nanny/babysitter.

The hours and schedules of child care providers vary; most offer full-time care and some offer weekend or holiday care. Prices vary from $50/week - $150/week in Harrisonburg and frequently, home-based care is less expensive than center-based care.

The following resources are a good place to start your search for child care in Harrisonburg:

For Children 5-18 Years Old

Public Education in the United States

Public schools are funded by the state government, which means students in grades K- 12 do not pay tuition. Generally, schools are divided into elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools. Elementary schools are composed of students in kindergarten and grades 1-5. Most children attend kindergarten when they are five-years-old. Middle school is composed of students in grades 6-8 and high school contains grades 9-12.

The public school your child will attend is determined by where you live.

               Harrisonburg City Schools

               Rockingham County Schools


After School Programs

School days end between 3-3:30 p.m. If you need care for your child after these hours, there are different programs available that may help.

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