Casa Pacifica opened its doors to abused, neglected and severely emotionally disturbed children in the summer of 1994. During the first two years of operation, efforts focused on program implementation and on sorting out the roles of all participants in this unique public/private partnership. In 1996 the non-public school opened its doors to day students- most of whom were graduates of the residential treatment program but who still required a self-contained, special education school environment. In 1998 the "day school" program was expanded to incorporate an after-school component, in-home services, and family interventions including a parent support group. Meanwhile, the crisis care program (emergency shelter) was reconfigured to better segregate and supervise children by gender and age. Capital construction costs to accomplish this goal were almost $1 million.