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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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Discovery World is headed by cousins Neil and Michael Pollack, whose company has run a daycare center and day camp in Yaphank, New York, for more than two decades.
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This country is just in shambles in terms of the support it gives parents and children," says Pam Smart, a legal secretary and mother of two who was involved in a battle to keep her neighborhood daycare center open.
It took seven years of research, planning, negotiating and problem solving to bring this project to fruition with the opening of a new daycare center in the fall of 1991.