Boys & Girls Village is taking a major step towards construction of a new program building on its Milford campus.

Tuesday morning, crews began tearing down the outdated, original farmhouse and a series of temporary buildings which have served as Boys & Girls Village’s home for decades.

The new 15,000-square-foot, state-of-the art facility to be constructed in place of the buildings being torn down will allow the village to expand its programs and services. Programs include a 16-bed children’s psychiatric care unit, a 12-bed residential treatment program for boys, in-home treatment and family reunification programs, and specialized training for foster and adoptive parents.

The new building will house the agency’s administrative offices, which have been temporarily relocated to a nearby office complex.

The Boys & Girls Village Milford campus is also home to the agency’s Charles F. Hayden Therapeutic Day School, which will also be undergoing a significant expansion over the next several months. The 8,300-square-foot expansion of the Upper School will accommodate the recent addition of the eleventh and twelfth grades which allows Boys & Girls Village to offer a continuum of educational services to its students. A groundbreaking for the school expansion is planned in August.

“Boys & Girls Village has almost doubled in size in terms of our school, our staff and our offerings of sophisticated programs and services," said Dr. Steven M. Kant, resident and CEO of Boys & Girls Village. “This new facility is crucial to supporting that growth and allowing us to connect a greater number of children and families in Connecticut to the valuable care and support our agency offers.”

The construction of the new program building will be funded, in part, by a $2.16 million grant awarded to Boys & Girls Village last spring through the State of Connecticut's Nonprofit Grant Program. Boys & Girls Village will match that grant, drawing on capital support from its donors. A $2 million grant from the Connecticut Department of Children and Families will fund the Hayden School expansion. The work is scheduled to be done in phases and is expected to be completed in 2018.