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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Garrett's day care found five bouncy houses for his funeral. Makayla Tendall, ajc, "'See ya later, suckas!': Family writes unique obituary for 5-year-old cancer victim," 13 July 2018 Ample scientific research shows that institutionalized day care is bad for very young children. Erica Komisar, WSJ, "The Human Cost of Sweden’s Welfare State," 11 July 2018 Three others — a law firm, a nonprofit and a day care, have agreed to relocate. Lisa J. Huriash,, "Part of Margate shopping center may be demolished for new apartment complex," 6 July 2018 Grasso Technical High School, Claude Chester Elementary School and several day care centers were locked down while police searched for the man, who was found with a BB gun near Poquonnock Bridge. Ruth Bruno,, "Police: Groton Man Makes Threats With BB Gun," 6 July 2018 These include adult day care programs that can give people a few hours of relief each day. Doug Williams,, "Balancing act: When you are in the sandwich generation," 27 Apr. 2018 Over the years, the district spent at least $90,000 to install playgrounds for the day care children, according to district records. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "Day care provider ends service to Lincoln-Way," 26 May 2018 The employees involved in the incident no longer work for the day care, Netteland confirmed. Joy Johnston, ajc, "Caught on camera: Day care workers laugh while pinning child under container," 5 May 2018 An informal poll of the Village Board showed unanimous support for the spa but Village Trustees Cindy Hebda and Michael Marquardt voted against the day care. Rick Kambic,, "Spa, day care and restaurant proposed for Vernon Hills AMC theater site," 18 June 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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