Monday kicked off the 2009 Week of the Young Child.
The national event is meant to celebrate children and raise awareness of their needs.
The annual celebration is sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the world's largest early childhood education association.
In Topeka, the ERC Resource and Referral organized the "Power of Play" event.
It offered parents an opportunity to learn new ways to play with their children who are zero to six years of age.
Contrary to popular opinion, experts say playing actually supports the development of fine motor skills in young children and should be encouraged by parents.