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 A week later, Edwards shared photos from the duo's first vacation as parents, a trip to Dubai with Axel (plus Edwards' mother, Debbie, along to help with childcare). Charlotte Walsh,, 18 July 2022 Essential employees—including healthcare workers, teachers, and grocery store employees—were also forced to grapple with nonexistent childcare, all while still working full-time jobs. Jennifer Chen, SELF, 10 May 2022 And the recovery of women’s labor force participation rate (which peaked in 2000) lags even further behind, likely because women are more often tasked with childcare and thus have to take time out of the workforce. Megan Leonhardt, Fortune, 27 Apr. 2022 Legislators have also drawn attention to a deepening crisis in childcare, as day care centers struggle with short staffing and stagnant wages. Eliza Fawcett,, 15 Mar. 2022 Grandparents’ help with childcare has a clear effect on young families: mothers of young children are up to 10 percent more likely to have paying jobs if a mother or mother-in-law lives nearby. Robin Marantz Henig, Scientific American, 4 Mar. 2022 Finding the motivation to exercise this past year—when gyms were closed, childcare was spotty, and most of us were trying to accomplish the bare minimum without collapsing in a pile of existential dread—was a challenge. Will Taylor, Outside Online, 20 May 2021 For example, when companies offer childcare or student loan forgiveness, usually around 5% of the team uses those perks because not everyone needs them. Jessica Mathews, Fortune, 22 July 2022 The needs of these groups vary but might include phone- or text-banking, door-knocking, organizing protests, creating protest art—along with support tasks like childcare or translation. Emma Marris, The New Republic, 19 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of childcare

1896, in the meaning defined above

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“Childcare.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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