day care

supervised daytime care for preschool children, the elderly, or those with chronic disabilities, usually provided at a center outside the home.

1940–45 Unabridged


of, pertaining to, or providing day care: day-care center; day-care program.

1960–65 Unabridged
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Word Origin & History

day care
1964, also daycare, day-care, from day + care.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Example sentences
He is not in school yet and does not attend day care.
Many put their little darlings in day care long before they start school.
Local governments, which foot part of the bill for day care, are in dire
  financial straits.
They are provided with breakfast, lunch and day care before and after school.
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