day care

variants: or less commonly daycare \ ˈdā-​ˌker How to pronounce daycare (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 nouna 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 In this context, no longer going to school or day care can be terrifying. Kate Cray, The Atlantic, "How Do You Find a Home for a Foster Child at a Time Like This?," 11 Oct. 2020 The two parties agree on a new round of stimulus checks and money for schools and day care, as well as testing and treatment for the virus. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "Pelosi and Trump negotiators to discuss new $1.8 trillion coronavirus aid offer from Trump," 9 Oct. 2020 Although sending their offspring back to day care would provide a welcome respite to parents who are both working and caring for young children, many have been hesitant — fearful of exposing their children and themselves to the novel coronavirus. Washington Post, "Covid-19 and child care: What the latest research says," 8 Oct. 2020 Sveta Skibinsky Raskin, a mother of five who lives in Jerusalem, worked as a writer while her children were in school and day care. Amanda Taub, New York Times, "Pandemic Will ‘Take Our Women 10 Years Back’ in the Workplace," 26 Sep. 2020 All states have vaccine requirements for children attending schools or day care, with varying exceptions. Jacob Gershman, WSJ, "Can an Employer Require You to Get a Covid-19 Vaccine?," 18 Sep. 2020 Many parents of children with sickle cell, like Germany Hampton, are choosing to keep their children at home instead of sending them to school or day care. Usha Lee Mcfarling, STAT, "‘They are really afraid’: Fears about Covid-19 are complicating care for patients with sickle cell," 17 Sep. 2020 Every few weeks, Caryn Cardello and her partner contemplate bringing their son back to day care. Anna Kramer,, "Here’s how many coronavirus cases have been linked with Bay Area child care centers," 5 Sep. 2020 Pelosi said the latest offer also lacks sufficient funding for day care, earned income tax credits, and child tax credits. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "'Insufficient': Pelosi rejects latest White House aid offer," 10 Oct. 2020

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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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28 Oct 2020

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“Day care.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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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