- supervised daytime care for preschool children, the elderly, or those with chronic disabilities, usually provided at a center outside the home.
Origin of day care
First recorded in 1940–45
- of, relating to, or providing day care: day-care center; day-care program.
Origin of day-care
First recorded in 1960–65
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Examples from the Web for daycare
The next day, her toddler had been found, cold and crying, dumped in front of a daycare center.When An Adopted Child Won’t Attach
May 2, 2014
The JCC is where my father went for workouts, where my cousins, uncles and friends send their kids to daycare.Frazier Glenn Miller Would Kill Every Jew Like Me
April 14, 2014
Perhaps the daycare provider texted Chad with a concern of some kind.
Dad is off on Mondays and Lexy is at daycare, but it is a regular work day for mom.
As a state senator, Obenshain voted to repeal the one-handgun-a-month law and to allow guns in bars and daycare centers.How Virginia Democrats Are Winning on Gun Safety
October 30, 2013
- British occupation, treatment, or supervision during the working day for people who might be at risk if left on their own, or whose usual carers need daytime relief
- British welfare services provided by a local authority, health service, or voluntary body during the dayCompare residential care
- NZ short for daycare centre
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Word Origin and History for daycare
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