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$2500 Hiring Incentive Offered for New Full-time Childcare Staff

A childcare worker holding a young child and greeting a parent.

If you have young children, or know someone who does, we probably don’t have to tell you that childcare services in our state, and in our country, are in dire straits. There is a serious shortage of childcare workers, and as a result, parents and caregivers are finding it increasingly difficult to find quality care for their children so they can work and put food on the table. Triple-digit waitlists and centers closing sporadically because they don’t have enough staff to maintain required ratios only amplifies the problem.

How do we solve this?
The Keene Family YMCA is working daily to expand our capacity so we can better serve our community by helping to fulfill the critical need for quality childcare services.

That is why we are implementing, effective immediately, a $2500 new-hire incentive for new, full-time childcare staff, and a $2500 referral incentive for any current employee who refers someone who is then hired on to our childcare team in a full-time capacity.*

Who is eligible to receive this incentive?
Great question! Here are the parameters around this incentive, and who qualifies:

  • Any new employee hired to work full-time in one of our childcare centers qualifies for the incentive.
  • Any current employee who refers someone who is hired to work full-time in one of our childcare centers also qualifies.
  • The management team, HR, and hiring managers at the Keene Family YMCA are not eligible to participate.
  • For the referring employee to receive the incentive, they and the referred employee must still be employed at the time the incentive is issued.
  • Referred individuals will still receive the incentive regardless of the referring employee’s employment status.
  • There is no limit to the number of referrals an employee can make or the number of incentives paid to an employee.
  • Only one current employee can make a referral for a new hire. In other words, two or more employees can’t refer the same person.
  • Human Resources will collect all Employee Referral Program forms, verify eligibility, and issue

Besides the incentive, why should I consider a career with the Y?
Working at the Y, you’ll discover more than a job. You’ll find your purpose with career opportunities that enable you to make a real impact on the lives of the people in your community.  

The Y offers a competitive salary and benefits package for full-time employees that includes:

  • Free membership to the Y
  • Significant discounts on Y programs, including a 30% discount on childcare and summer camps
  • A 401a retirement account with a 7% company match, plus the option to contribute to a 403b retirement savings account
  • Professional development opportunities –employees can achieve the certifications necessary to become a Lead Teacher at no cost to them.
  • Health Insurance (80% employer paid)
  • Life Insurance (100% employer paid)
  • Dental & supplemental insurance options
  • Generous PTO including floating holidays, vacation and sick time that accrues monthly

Working at the Y offers more than just a job. It offers a career path that can lead to personal growth, fulfillment, and opportunities to make a real difference in the lives of children and families.

We are hopeful that by offering this unique opportunity, we will attract and retain enough staff members for our childcare team to allow us to expand our capacity, and better serve our community by fulfilling this critical need.

Ok, how do I apply?
If you or someone you know is seeking gainful employment with a mission-driven organization that is fully focused on strengthening the community we serve, please send them our way. Candidates can be directed to our employment page at, or they can contact our HR department directly via phone, email, or in-person. The point-of-contact for all applicants is:

Cindy Puza, Business Manager

Current employees that would like to refer a friend, should complete the Employee Referral Program form, and return it to Cindy prior to or during the interview process for the person they’re referring.

Thank you for helping us better serve our community!

*Certain restrictions apply. Sign-on and referral bonuses will be paid as follows: $500 after 6 months of employment, $2000 after 12 months. Incentive payments are considered taxable and will be reported as income.

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