My mom grew up with the gentle kindness of Miss Frances and her show “The Ding Dong School“. Episodes of the black and white, live show can be viewed on youtube. She is reminiscent of the mellow and likable Mr. Rogers, and was probably a huge influence on the that show and others.
It was the first show of it's kind, a quality kids program, that at one time had reportedly 95% of the preschool population watching.
Frances was an uncompromising woman, who according to wikipedia “resign(ed) from NBC in protest of what she felt was commercialism over education, she would never advertise products a child could not use and would never advertise toys glorifying violence at all.”