UNC-Chapel Hill’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute will give its first-ever lifetime achievement award for public service to former Gov. Jim Hunt.
Hunt, a Democrat and former four-term governor, will be honored at a ceremony Monday for his work on behalf of children and families in the state.
The ceremony kicks off a two-day conference commemorating the institute’s 50th anniversary. The FPG institute has conducted extensive research on early childhood education.
Hunt was the architect of Smart Start, the state’s first early learning initiative, which started in 1993. It helped local nonprofits provide health care and programs to young children.
He also created the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and chaired the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future. He established a reading program in primary schools and put teaching assistants in every classroom in grades one through three.