Boys & Girls Village Inc., a statewide leader in providing mental health treatment, permanency planning and educational services to Connecticut’s most vulnerable youth and their families, is pleased to announce the appointment of Daniel French, Ph.D. as Vice President of Educational and Vocational Services. In his new role, Dr. French will lead a multi-disciplinary education team of professionals with a common goal of student success.
Dr. French joins Boys & Girls Village Inc. following an almost 30 year career with Cooperative Education Services in Trumbull, Ct., and as the Director of the Emotional Disabilities Unit for 20 of those years. There, he was the chief architect of the school program for students with emotional disabilities which serves approximately 200 students a year.
Dr. French is an adjunct professor at Sacred Heart University and has mental health experience in both in-patient and out-patient settings. He has published several journal articles pertaining to the education and treatment of adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders and has been on the editorial review boards of several psychology journals.
“Daniel’s strong professional background will continue the growth of our Charles F. Hayden School, and our robust vocational programming” said Dr. Stephen Kant, CEO of Boys & Girls Village. “His leadership will enable our students to realize their fullest intellectual and personal potential. We look forward to seeing his impact both on campus and as our students interact with the community in vocational and volunteer opportunities.”
Dr. French received his M.A. from Boston College and his Ph. D. in Clinical and School Psychology from Hofstra University. In addition, he is certified by the State of Connecticut Department of Education as a school psychologist and a school administrator. He is a Milford resident, married with 2 children, and is an avid UCONN basketball fan.
“Having spent the past 30 years working in southwestern Connecticut, I am well aware of the outstanding services provided by Boys and Girls Village for children and adolescents in our state,” said French. “I am delighted to be joining the team and very much looking forward to the work that lies ahead.”
Boys & Girls Village Charles F Hayden School is a K-12 state-approved, special education school that helps children to grow academically while also learning how to handle their own emotional and behavioral challenges. The school uses the most up-to-date technology and curriculum, a comprehensive treatment team for each child, and diverse experiential activities to ensure individual success. Vocational programming is offered to young adults to provide knowledge and training to develop the life skills, job skills, and financial literacy they will need to secure gainful employment and obtain self-sufficiency as they begin their adult life.