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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Income inequality in the Quincy area is profound, and people who are eligible for vouchers for childcare and housing stay on waiting lists for years, Strollo said. Jill Terreri Ramos,, "Quincy is changing, but poverty hangs on," 28 June 2018 When no such option is available, the child should at least be placed in a home environment with a licensed foster parent trained in childcare and trauma. Darlene Byrne, Time, "I'm a Judge Who Decides if Children Should Be Separated from Abusive Parents. Here’s How Trump’s Immigration Policy Should Change," 27 June 2018 Researchers estimate that women could soon owe over $1 trillion in student debt, a number that lower wages and other costs, like childcare, drives upward. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Women Owe Almost $400 Billion More in Student Debt Than Men Do. You Can Blame That on the Patriarchy.," 24 May 2018 Using campaign funds for childcare immediately became an issue that hit home for many in politics. John Patrick Pullen, Fortune, "Woman Running for Office in New York Just Won a Huge Concession From the FEC: Childcare Costs," 10 May 2018 Jesse Williams’ estranged wife Aryn Drake-Lee has asked to receive additional financial support in order to help cover childcare costs. Maria Pasquini,, "Jesse Williams’ Estranged Wife Asks Grey's Anatomy Actor for $27K More in Child Support," 12 Apr. 2018 The American Academy of Pediatrics, the World Health Organization, British health officials and many other childcare experts around the globe advise mothers to try to exclusively breastfeed babies up to age 6 months. Rita Giordano,, "Breastfeeding is best for babies, but what about their sleep-deprived parents?," 11 July 2018 Then there are those who either choose to or must stay at home: Not all can afford flights, hotels, lost wages, and childcare while away. Tess Kornfeld, Glamour, "Ireland Has Officially Voted for an End to Its Abortion Ban," 26 May 2018 Closing a school or dismissing early is always a hard decision to make, officials said, because families often rely on city schools to provide hot meals and childcare. Talia Richman,, "Baltimore schools establish policy for early dismissal in the extreme heat," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of childcare

1896, in the meaning defined above

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