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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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Children's day care centers in Lithuania are visited by more than 9,5 thousand people.
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In the case of the day care centre closures, it was clear that the needs of the users were being put behind the need for budget cuts and that was exactly the wrong approach.
Weslyn Mather, Liberal critic for Children's Services, claims that the new regulations will close a number of day care spaces unless the government acts.
Under the Children's and Families' Protection Act of 2000, schools and day care centers must submit an integrated pest management plan to the state Department of Agricultural Services' Pesticide Bureau.
She said she would consider sending her children to a 4-rated day care, but that would be the lowest.
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.
Day care workers are poorly paid, at-home parents struggle because of a lack of support, and teachers complain they are expected to function as parents.