day care

variants: or less commonly daycare or day-care

Definition of day care

1 : supervision of and care for children or physically or mentally disabled adults that is provided during the day by a person or organization often used before another noun a day care centerday care workersday-care facilities
2 : a program, facility, or organization offering day care a child enrolled in day care

Examples of day care in a Sentence

She left work early to pick up her son from day care.

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Do infected people need to be isolated or skip work or school? Per a Louisiana Department of Health Publication, only people with active diarrhea should be excluded from school or day care. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "Egg recall: What you need to know about salmonella," 15 Apr. 2018 But the basic nature of the NICU hadn’t changed that much from the Coney Island days: A typical nursery held rows of incubators, a tiny baby lying behind the plastic in each, with parents mere spectators of their day-to-day care. Eva Holland, WIRED, "Saving Baby Boy Green," 27 Mar. 2018 This citation is not indicative of the day-to-day care and operations of our center., "State Fines Six Nursing Homes," 8 Feb. 2018 Patients who require more assistance pay $65 for half-a-day or $95 for full day care. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "To Help Alzheimer’s Patients, a Care Center Re-Creates the 1950s," 18 Sep. 2018 The nonprofit adult day care center offers care, meals, snacks, transportation and activities for more than 200 senior adults each weekday. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "Chinese assisted living slated for west Houston," 28 May 2018 Local groups have called on Oregon to require annual testing at day cares. Brad Schmidt,, "Environmentalists want Oregon to eliminate lead exposure at day cares," 20 Jan. 2018 Women prefer predictable hours to pick up children from day care, and shorter workweeks. Greg Ip, WSJ, "How Aging Japan Defied Demographics and Revived Its Economy," 11 Jan. 2019 Would the other babies (or parents) at day care react? Korin Miller, SELF, "My Son, Like Chrissy Teigen’s, Wore a Corrective Helmet as a Baby for a Flat Spot," 4 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of day care

1898, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of day care was in 1898

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English Language Learners Definition of day care

: a place, program, or organization that takes care of children or sick adults during the day usually while their family members are at work

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Kids Definition of day care

: a program in which or a place where care is provided during the day for young children

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