Tyler Observes "Week of the Young Child"

A national celebration to honor children kicked off today here in East Texas. Students and teachers were on hand to mark "Week of the Young Child". It's a national event that recognizes children, teachers and other adults who work to build better futures for children.

Tyler Mayor Joey Seeber read a proclamation to start things off. Children then released balloons in the air as part of the event.  Afterwards, the kids got to explore and play inside the Discovery Science Place.

Organizers say events such as this can have a great impact on a child's future. "This gives them a head start kind of on their future years. So many more parents are having to work, so it's just important we recognize the teachers and the children as being an important part of society and that they do a really important job," said Discovery Science Place educator Kim Fry.

"Week of the Young Child" runs through Saturday. As part of the event the Discovery Science Place will hold family night. It takes place tomorrow from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Admission is free for children and their parents.

Oralia Ortega reporting, ortega@kltv.com