child·​care | \ ˈchī(-ə)ld-ˌker \
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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Classes are around $25 and childcare is $20 an hour for children as young as three months. Prue Lewington, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Jane Club Is the Ultimate Work Space for Moms," 14 Dec. 2018 Providing childcare: Childcare can be an issue for women voters, and groups from the YMCA to Care In Action, the political arm of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, are offering to keep an eye on the kids so moms can get to the polls. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Voters Don't Come Out for Midterm Elections. But That Could Change This Year.," 30 Oct. 2018 Because families are a welcome and essential part of our campaign, childcare is, too. Katie Turner, Teen Vogue, "Being a Field Director, Explained," 20 July 2018 But for many families, choosing between buying diapers for their children—which can cost up to $1000 every year—or affording rent or childcare is a very real issue. Kayla Keegan, Redbook, "Why You Should Know About The "Diaper Need" Problem Affecting Millions Today," 30 Sep. 2015 Most parents, babysitters, even grandparents have wanted to escape the rigors of childcare at one point. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "The Big Bang Theory Season 12, Episode 7 Recap: Bernadette Hides From Her Kids," 1 Nov. 2018 Maternity leave, childcare tax credits, laws to prevent everybody from being groped in the office every day, etc. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Elites like Amazon’s Jeff Bezos think they’re being philanthropic. But they could do so much more.," 3 Oct. 2018 Florida’s pre-K program is publicly funded but mostly contracted out to private preschools and childcare centers, though some public schools take part, too. Leslie Postal,, "Ready for kindergarten? Florida's new test found many youngsters were not," 5 July 2018 The Alexander County Health Department advises the public to wash hands, and especially children’s hands, as young toddlers with E. coli can easily spread the infection in childcare settings and at home. Wbtv, charlotteobserver, "Authorities investigating outbreak of E. Coli in Alexander County," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of childcare

1896, in the meaning defined above

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