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

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The fund has helped rebuild 1,183 homes and served 239 million meals and assisted 971 childcare centers to help more than 108,731 children. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Texans' J.J. Watt provides detailed update on Hurricane Harvey relief," 29 Aug. 2019 However, in-person sessions can be costly, and scheduling can be difficult for people working multiple jobs or in need of childcare, for example. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "The Upgrade: Three Mental Health Apps To Help You Live Better," 28 Aug. 2019 Gilchrist added that the facility provides student education and monitored childcare, playrooms, recreation areas and a library. Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, "Her toddler died weeks after leaving ICE custody. She's suing a private prison company for $40 million," 31 July 2019 Free childcare will also be available and the center will remain open, if needed, into next week. Patrick May, The Mercury News, "Investigation into Gilroy shootings enters its third day," 30 July 2019 Invest in high-quality childcare and early education. Riane Eisler, Quartz, "The fight between capitalism and socialism will be won by a totally different “ism”," 29 Aug. 2019 Enrollees in fact receive a $50 stipend each day to help cover costs such as childcare and transportation. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "This novel D.C. academy trains people with disabilities to provide paid support for others living with disabilities.," 21 Aug. 2019 Some of those benefits come in the form of prenatal care, paid family leave, home visits from those expert in childhood development, high-quality childcare and pre-kindergarten. Rick Kogan,, "‘No Small Matter’ shows how childhood is a brief, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," 24 June 2019 Sellwood-area parents say the childcare and other programs at the Sellwood Community Center can’t be beat., "Portland is closing Sellwood Community Center. Now there’s a grassroots effort to take over.," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of childcare

1896, in the meaning defined above

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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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