Finding childcare will be a bit easier for moms and dads who will work at Micron’s semiconductor manufacturing campus in Onondaga County once it is complete. The company announced on Wednesday it has purchased land near its campus in Clay that will be developed to provide on-site daycare for Micron employees.
Early in my career, I made the difficult decision to quit my job because our family didn’t have access to child care – a difficult choice no parent in New York should be forced into,” Governor Hochul said. “Achieving that goal requires innovative policy solutions like our Green CHIPS Act, nation-leading economic development legislation that requires semiconductor manufacturers to commit to bringing affordable, reliable child care for the communities where these businesses put down roots. Micron has done incredible work living up to their end of the deal, including through a $500 million community fund, and I’m excited to see this childcare facility move forward in Central New York.”
Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer at Micron and Micron Foundation President April Arnzen said, “By removing barriers to workforce entry or reentry, Micron is creating opportunities for more women and others who have been typically underrepresented in our industry to step into impactful careers and contribute to their fullest potential. I’m pleased to join the Board of Directors at the Early Childhood Alliance of Onondaga County. We’re looking forward to working with Governor Hochul, County Executive Ryan McMahon, fellow business leaders, and local childcare providers to provide more childcare opportunities to Central New York families.”
Since announcing Micron’s commitment to Central New York, the company has made significant investments in child care that will benefit Central New York families. Late last year, Micron pledged $500,000 to the YMCA of Central New York to help expand access to high-quality child care and early learning for underserved communities in the region. To date, $250,000 has been spent on early childhood education, impacting nearly 2,000 kids in the region. The remaining $250,000 will be devoted to child care for children up to five years old.
Additionally, Micron announced funding for the Early Childhood Career Pathways Program, administered by Childcare Solutions and PEACE Inc. This program is focused on expanding and enabling family home child care centers, benefitting the providers themselves, many of whom are women and minorities, by increasing the number of home child care centers. This helps to ensure stability and quality in an important childcare service channel.
The chipmaker announced in 2022 it will spend up to $100 billion over the next twenty years to build a semiconductor factor in Central New York. The project is expected to create nearly 50-THOUSAND jobs and be finished by 2026