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Episode 1615

Topic: When Parents Go To Work
Air Date: November 24, 1989
Previous Episode: 1614 - When Parents Go To Work
Next Episode: 1616 - The Environment
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Mister Rogers arrives with a book called Day Care which he takes to the couch to read. The book is about children who stay with day care providers while their parents are at work. After reading the book, Mister Rogers sings I Will Be Back.

Marilyn Barnett stops by and invites Mister Rogers outside for some exercises. Just as she is leaving, Bruce Franco happens by on his way to a birthday party and is carrying a collection of balloon scuptures he has made for the party. After demonstrating his talents by making a flamingo, Mr. Franco gives Mister Rogers a balloon sculpture that looks like the Neighborhood Trolley.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, King Friday is preparing to give a speech at the opening of the new factory caring center. As he prepares to go for a job, Neighbor Aber talks with Queen Sara about Prince Tuesday's recent frustrations. She mentions that she dislikes leaving her son as much as Prince Tuesday dislikes his parents being away. As the Queen departs, Prince Tuesday shares his frustrations with Neighbor Aber who encourages him to talk directly with the King and Queen. Together, the Prince and Neighbor Aber begin exercising as Lady Aberlin stops by on her way to the factory.

At the factory, Prince Tuesday is happy to find that the guest speakers at the caring center opening are his parents. King Friday validates the feelings of his son by sharing that he, too, was frustrated when he was young and his parents had to go to work. Feeling better, Prince Tuesday announces that he will help the children in the caring center.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers spends some time remembering the day's visitors and lessons learned.


The Day Care book read by Mister Rogers is actually called Going to Day Care and is part of the First Experiences book series.

As King Friday and Prince Tuesday talk, Prince Tuesday mentions his grandfather -- Grandfather Thursday.

This episode is included on the VHS title When Parents Work.

Appearing In This Episode


  • Bruce Franco




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Chuck Aber, Betty Aberlin, Marilyn Barnett, Bruce Franco, Lenny Meledandri
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Producer: Margaret Whitmer
Director: Bob Muens
Associate Producer: Adrienne Wehr
Music Director: John Costa
Art Director: Kathryn Borland
Editor: Randy Strothman
Properties: Monica Bielawskl
Production Assistants: Stephanie Cates, Joe Kelly, Ellen Moore
Lead Technician: Ken Anderson
Studio Supervisor: Doug Coates
Production Coordinator: Mark Smukler
Assistant Directors: Rich Dwyer, Ric Hase, Tim McGrane
Technical Director: Jim Ochtun
Lighting Director: Frank Warninsky
Assistant Lighting Directors: Jim Bruwelheide, Kate Kearney
Video: Don Williamson
Studio Cameras: Don McCall, Bob Vaughn, Art Vogel
Audio: Aaron Baron, Jerry Cobbs, Al Lawyer
Videotape: Bill Moore
Floor Manager: Nick Tallo
Assistant Floor Manager: Jim Seech
Location Production: John Burdick, Mark Knobil, Bob Lubomski, Jan Stief
Carpenters: Joe Bach, Patsy Gianella, Rich Karapandi
Scenic Artists: Francine Byrne, Nora Cline, Judith Holtzman, Penny Hateer, Mary Beth Munroe, Paula Payne, Alexis Samulski, David Schremp, Susan Spier, Hugh Twyman, Joe Watercotte, Beth Ann Zamborsky
Costumers: Susan Kistler, Venise St. Pierre
Musicians: Carl McVicker, Bob Rawsthorne
Videotape Editor: Kevin Conrad
Videotape Sound: Don Williams
Original Scenic Design: Jack Guest
Director of Production: Sam Newbury
Consultant: Albert V. Corrado M.D.

Produced in association with WQED/Pittsburgh
A production of Family Communications
©1989 Family Communications, Inc.

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