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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Those couples probably don’t have millions of dollars, enormous mansions, and the best childcare that money can buy to make the experience significantly easier, though. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott Went to 'Astroworld's Listening Party and Were So Loved-Up," 3 Aug. 2018 Just like childcare, senior care requires a most watchful eye. Dg Fulford, Woman's Day, "Supply and Demand," 21 June 2010 Major changes to rental-assistance formulas outlined in Carson's proposal include: Eliminating all existing deductions for dependents, childcare expenses, medical or disability-related expenses, and elderly or disabled status. Maria Polletta, azcentral, "89,000 Arizonans could see a major rent increase under HUD proposal," 20 June 2018 The Federal Election Commission ruled Thursday that candidates can now use funds from their campaign coffers for childcare expenses. Alana Abramson, Time, "'This Is A Game Changer.' Political Candidates Can Now Use Campaign Money for Childcare Costs," 10 May 2018 The agency provides childcare services to families in need. Linda Mcintosh,, "Muir award goes to Conservancy," 9 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of childcare

1896, in the meaning defined above

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