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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Recent Examples on the Web But its core strength rests on providing a myriad of services, from teen programs to breast cancer awareness and childcare to front-line health workers, most of them women, too. Elaine Ayala,, "Ayala: In a time of change, YWCA San Antonio takes on challenge to reverse misconceptions about the poor," 27 June 2020 Through the grant funds, LSC can provide emergency financial grants to students to help cover expenses related to disruptions due to the coronavirus such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and childcare. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Lone Star College System fares well in pandemic," 26 June 2020 Jenkins said parents should look for childcare facilities where children and employees wear masks, kids don’t eat or commingle in large groups and do not have shared play equipment. Aria Jones, Dallas News, "Dallas County reports 394 new cases, 4 deaths as its toughest week against the coronavirus continues," 20 June 2020 But Carbone has assumed most childcare duties in this period since her ex makes more money. Jeanne Sahadi, CNN, "Working parents are hitting a wall. Employers don't want to lose them," 16 June 2020 One of the first children who came to the emergency childcare here speaks a different language. Darlene Mount, Time, "'I Can't Be Hands On Right Now.' What It's Like to Be a Childcare Provider During the Coronavirus Pandemic," 16 June 2020 And as free childcare ends, extra stimulus is going toward the construction industry. Fortune, "Shutting down Rhode Island’s economy was a ‘nightmare’ for Gov. Gina Raimondo," 15 June 2020 The program’s first two seasons focused on the problems of childcare, transportation, dodging the flu and arranging family getaways, all while dealing with money and construction problems. William Thornton |, al, "‘Sweet Home Sextuplets’ Season 3 starts next week," 10 June 2020 For working parents, that could come with a steep childcare cost. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Two metro Phoenix school districts are moving to four-day weeks. How will working parents cope?," 10 June 2020

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First Known Use of childcare

1896, in the meaning defined above

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30 Jun 2020

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“Childcare.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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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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