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day care

Etymology: OE, daeg + cearu
a specialized program or facility that provides care for preschool children, usually within a group framework, either as a substitute for or an extension of home care, particularly for single parents or for two parents both employed outside the home. Day-care groups vary in size and function and range from casual neighborhood parent-supervised play groups to formal nursery schools or organized centers run by trained personnel. Most day-care programs incorporate a daily schedule of quiet play, outdoor activities, group games and projects, creative or educational play, and snack and rest periods.

day care

The supervision of dependents during working hours. The goals of day care are to provide adequate, affordable care for young children or dependent adults, esp. while the primary caregivers are at work.
See also: care
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The government has decided in principle to provide 15,000 more after-school day-care centers for elementary school children nationwide by fiscal 2004, using vacant classrooms in schools, government officials said Monday.
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Temple Emanu El operates a 60-student day-care center and offers Hebrew instruction to elementary and middle school students, but administrators say the congregation's growing number of young families has pushed them to the limit of their current educational facilities.
Houses of worship and day-care centers are permitted uses in a residential zone, but require approval of city officials.
The day-care center is nondenominational, but Hebrew classes are designed primarily for children of the congregation's growing number of young families, said Temple Emanuel president Len Reiter.
At any given time, there are between 12 and 15 toddlers and infants at the day-care center whose parents are students at the high school.
Julia Goodwin, who edits Prima Baby magazine and is a member of RAPPID, said: "Any parent knows only too well their child is more likely to pick up coughs, colds and other infections in a day-care environment.
She did not answer reporters' questions whether any new money for day care would be given back to the public day-care centres or channelled into private day care.
Indeed, the entire day-care apparatus could be viewed as a means of "treating" American children excessively attached to home and family, and insufficiently devoted to collective life.
assume the liability inherent in effectively running an unlicensed day-care program.
162 allows a corporate taxpayer to deduct the ordinary and necessary expenses of its business, the mere fact that B might not have been able to work for the S corporations unless day care was provided to her children does not necessarily mean that the payment of A and B's day-care expenses is an ordinary and necessary expense of the S corporations.