What is Breaking Barriers?

The McKinney Vento Homeless Children and Youth Program at Kings County Office of Education has experienced great success in increasing identification and support for children and youth experiencing homelessness. This was possible through the collaboration between KCOE and all LEAs in Kings County, public entities, and community organizations. We support the identification of homeless children and youth through a referral system called Breaking Barriers. This referral provides support and services to children and youth ages 0-21, and grade levels preschool through post-secondary.

The Breaking Barriers form is a referral system that works interchangeably with K-12 and post secondary institutions and partnering agencies such as: Kings United Way, KCAO, Kings County Whole Person, HSA, and Adventist Health. Each agency has either a shelter coordinator, housing navigator, or case manager that will complete the Breaking Barriers form, then submit to KCOE to then provide identification to our county school District Liaisons. This could also be completed by the districts and returned back to us to refer to other resources.

Please view this video to experience the beauty of Kings County. We hope that this video creates a sense of familiarity with the communities of Kings County. The county is comprised of the following communities: Armona, Avenal, Corcoran, Hanford, Kettlemen City, Lemoore and Stratford.

If you would like to refer a child or youth for services, please fill out one of the forms below to get started.