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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Three babies -- the youngest of whom was just three days old -- were among at least five people found stabbed early Friday at an unlicensed New York City day care, police said. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Three babies among wounded in gruesome stabbing spree at unlicensed New York City day care, police say," 21 Sep. 2018 There's also an aqua park and a day care center for little ones. Devin Tomb, Good Housekeeping, "I Took My Mom on a Cruise and Tried to Make Her an Instagram Star," 11 Oct. 2018 Population studies have found that early exposure to infection in infancy such as day care attendance and breastfeeding can protect against ALL, probably by priming the immune system, according to the study. Meera Senthilingam And Jessie Yeung, CNN, "A germ-free childhood could trigger leukemia, scientist suggests," 22 May 2018 The most recent came last August, when a 5-year-old Mobile boy died after being left in a day care van by the van driver. Anna Claire Vollers,, "New child care bill toughens regulations, but loopholes remain," 22 Mar. 2018 Union organizers are working with community groups and churches to offer parents alternate day care for their children during the strike. Tawnell D. Hobbs, WSJ, "Teachers Strike Looms for a Half-Million Children in Los Angeles," 6 Jan. 2019 Councilwoman Rebecca Wyatt said the facility sounded like adult day care. Gregory Tejeda, Post-Tribune, "Gary hears plan for senior center, child day care facilities," 25 Apr. 2018 East Aurora School District 131 is closing a longstanding day care program for teen parents at the district’s high school. Sarah Freishtat, Aurora Beacon-News, "East Aurora to close high school day care program for teen parents," 19 Apr. 2018 The 20-year-old University of Iowa student was back in her hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa, for summer break, working at a day care program and staying at her boyfriend’s brother’s house, according to the Des Moines Register. Anna North, Vox, "A young woman disappeared in Iowa. Here’s why President Trump got involved.," 23 Aug. 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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