Rye Country Day STAFF

Katherine Hodgeman, owner of Rye Country Day School, has been offering quality early childhood education to the Seacoast Community for over 40 years. Kathy opened her first school, Sunshine and Buttercups, on Central Road in Rye in 1974. As the needs of the community grew, Kathy opened Rye Country Day School at 1245 Washington Road, Rye, in 1992, operating both schools until 2004 when they integrated together into one facility at Washington Road in Rye. Rye Country Day School has been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young children since 1997.


Professional Staff

With a knowledge of child development, our dedicated teachers prepare the learning environment and plan appropriate experiences for each child. They provide the opportunity for guided choice among activities, materials and equipment. They allow time for exploration through active involvement. They encourage sustained engagement in an activity by asking questions to extend learning and by making suggestions to stimulate thinking. The teacher's physical proximity, ability to focus attention and verbal encouragement facilitate the child's completion of a chosen task.


Our teachers respond quickly and directly to the children. The child who is comforted sensitively learns security; the child who is disciplined appropriately learns self-control. Teachers nurture and celebrate each child and are committed to meeting their individual needs.


Here at Rye Country Day, the teachers become models for the development of self-esteem as they demonstrate respect for and acceptance of the children as well as their own teaching peers. They share ideas and utilize each other's strengths to present a well-balanced, creative and challenging program.

Our Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Our Teachers

  • Develop a partnership with parents in caring for and teaching their children.
  • Have teaching degrees in early childhood education or a related field and teaching experience.
  • Participate in ongoing teacher training throughout the year.
  • Provide appropriate teacher-to-child ratios.
  • Have current first aid and Infant/Child CPR certificates.


Our Director

Ann McNamara, has been with Rye Country Day School for more than a decade teaching both preschool and Kindergarten and Directing for the past several years. She holds a Masters Degree from UNH in Early Childhood Education with an extensive background in management. Ann lives in Hampton with her husband and two children who are both graduates of Rye Country Day School.

Administrative Staff

Owner: Katherine M. Hodgeman

Director: Ann McNamara

Administrative Assistant: Nancy Philbrick

Call Us: (603) 964-4066   /   RyeCountryDay@comcast.net   /   1245 Washington Road, Rye, NH 03870

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Rye Country Day School is a Nationally Accredited Preschool & Kindergarten serving the Seacoast, NH area.