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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Grechen Shirley had no childcare until 3:30 p.m., when her mom, a public school teacher, came home from work—and campaigning by afternoon and night. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Can Anyone Unseat Long Island’s 26-Year Incumbent House Rep. Peter King? Liuba Grechen Shirley Thinks She’s Just the Mom for the Job," 1 Nov. 2018 Combining childcare with proper running form is now possible. Roy M. Wallack,, "Summer is calling: Fitness gear to get you outdoors – and moving," 5 July 2018 Gilbert parent Gladiz Galaviz said her fifth-grader's father and other family helped her with childcare. Elizabeth Montgomery, azcentral, "Parents find childcare options during during the #Red4Ed walkout," 26 Apr. 2018 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

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First Known Use of childcare

1896, in the meaning defined above

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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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