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.

Recent Examples on the Web

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 Bailey said, along with a broad range of white-glove amenities, including refrigerated storage for packages; in-home package delivery; and dog walking, grooming and day care services — plus a variety of other building amenities. Bob Goldsborough,, "Preleasing begins at Chicago's tallest all-residential downtown building," 10 July 2018 The operators of a Kansas City day care allegedly defrauded the government out of more than $500,000. Tony Rizzo, kansascity, "KC day care operators scammed more than $500,000 from the government, feds allege," 28 June 2018 The mother had five children who went to the day care up until recently. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "South Carolina Day Care Owner Accused of Striking a 4-Year-Old With a Paddle Nicknamed ‘Bob’," 6 June 2018 The college shared a yard with a day care that had been co-opted by the Nazis as a detainment center for Jewish children awaiting deportation to Nazi camps. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Johan van Hulst, Who Helped Save Hundreds of Children During the Holocaust, Has Died at 107," 2 Apr. 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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