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 High-quality universal childcare should be at the top of the government's To Do list to ensure that no parent has to choose between work and their children's care. Jill Filipovic, CNN, 1 June 2021 After all, the presumption of women as caregivers is a primary reason that childcare is so central to our economic prospects in the first place. Liz Elting, Forbes, 20 May 2021 Working parents also need to consider where their childcare is in relation to their offices. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, 13 May 2021 Working parents also need to consider where their childcare is in relation to their offices. Jaclyn Greenberg, Wired, 12 May 2021 Similarly, making childcare more affordable would enable more parents to go out in their communities and get these new jobs. Abby Vesoulis, Time, 11 May 2021 Biden's infrastructure plan, which includes a significant focus on job creation, devotes money to upgrading child care facilities and acknowledges that childcare could be a driver of employment for women. Rick Klein, Averi Harper, ABC News, 5 Apr. 2021 Unemployment swelled, childcare centers closed and women dropped out of the workforce. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 21 May 2021 Over the past year, CEOs were confronted with a reality many of their workers have long known: Holding down a job without access to childcare is incredibly difficult. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 19 May 2021

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First Known Use of childcare

1896, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of childcare was in 1896

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7 Jun 2021

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“Childcare.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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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