day care

variants: or less commonly daycare \ ˈdā-​ˌker How to pronounce day care (audio) \ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web The city has also expanded partnerships with day care centers and schools to test more children and catch those who may have missed their screenings. Suzy Khimm, NBC News, 11 May 2022 Schools and day care centers will remain open, but parents are encouraged to keep their children at home. Emily Schultheis,, 21 Nov. 2021 Under the order, face masks are mandatory for New York City toddlers in day care and public 3-K school programs. NBC News, 5 Apr. 2022 Women arriving with their children could move relatively quickly into jobs as long as day care and schools are available. New York Times, 16 Mar. 2022 Students at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock juggling child care and college classes now can apply for help to pay for some or all of their day care expenses. Jaime Adame, Arkansas Online, 14 Mar. 2022 Fitch, who likes to use her own story as a single mother of three as evidence that women can have it all, was able to afford day care and a nanny. Keeanga-yamahtta Taylor, The New Yorker, 22 Feb. 2022 Proximity to public transportation is crucial for individuals without cars, and families require availability of day care and schools. Seamus Mcavoy,, 21 Feb. 2022 Parents dropped off kids at day care or after-school programs. Rozina Ali, Harper’s Magazine , 7 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of day care

1898, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 May 2022

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“Day care.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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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