child·​care | \ ˈchī(-ə)ld-ˌker How to pronounce childcare (audio) \
variants: or child care

Definition of childcare

: the care of children especially as a service while parents are working Erratic week-to-week work schedules make it nearly impossible to manage a personal budget or secure childcare.— David Dayen

Examples of childcare in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its purpose is to raise awareness of the crumbling childcare system in Illinois, what can be done to help, and how your voice needs to be heard., "Calendar: Learn how to plan for college Wednesday in Antioch," 10 Nov. 2019 By combining this information, the two together might be able to assume you’re a parent—and thus, might be able to specifically target you with ads for a local school-board candidate, or for a national candidate with a universal-childcare platform. Sidney Fussell, The Atlantic, "Why Politicians Want Your Smart-TV Data," 8 Nov. 2019 These tips are listed at Get a childcare list. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How do you find the right child care? Here are some tips and resources," 30 Oct. 2019 Working mothers today spend just as much time on childcare today as non-working mothers did in the 1970’s. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Isn't the Only Mom Under Pressure to Be Perfect," 26 Oct. 2019 During his harsh childhood in Georgia, he was often confined to a high-sided wooden box—in the days of slavery, that was a childcare option for a youngster who might wander off and get hurt while parents were working. Ted Gioia, Smithsonian, "The Tragic Story of America’s First Black Music Star," 18 Oct. 2019 Vora, who is self-employed, has not only shifted her work schedule but also started booking extra childcare as backup. NBC News, "As Chicago teachers strike, parents scramble to find day care for their children," 17 Oct. 2019 For me, childcare has got to be a fundamental part of this conversation. Anna Claire Vollers |, al, "Expensive childcare keeps Alabama mothers out of higher-paying jobs," 15 Oct. 2019 However, there is a family member on Facebook who posts her childcare needs at least once a week., "Dear Annie: I’m worried a relative shares too much info on social media," 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of childcare

1896, in the meaning defined above

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16 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Childcare.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of childcare

: the things that are done to take care of children especially when their parents are away or at work

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