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COA Youth & Family Centers was established in 1906 to serve low-income children and families in Milwaukee. We focus on three core areas: Early Child Development, Youth Development, and Community Development. Family is at the center of all we do.

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A local organization with results!


children and families served every year at COA!


locations throughout Milwaukee,
plus Camp Helen Brachman in
central Wisconsin.


of children in our early education programs improved their behavior.


youth served by our two
community centers and
7 CLC locations.


of children who attended Camp Helen Brachman received a scholarship.


people who attended COA’s
Skyline Music Series.

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The voice of COA’s participants, volunteers, donors, and staff.


66 Preschoolers Graduate from Milwaukee’s HIPPY Program

Congratulations to the sixty-six preschoolers who graduated from Milwaukee’s HIPPY program on Saturday, May 12th! HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) is an internationally renowned early literacy and parental engagement program that prepares [...]


Mission STEM-possible: COA’s new STEM Program Creates Surprising Crop of Science Lovers

When COA’s STEM Program Coordinator Lina Nguyen first introduced STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) lessons to preteens and teens in COA’s youth development program they were not very excited. “A lot of kids didn’t [...]

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COA Mission

COA Youth & Family Centers helps Milwaukee children, teens, and families reach their greatest potential through a continuum of educational, recreational, and social work programs offered through its urban community centers and rural camp facility. As a multicultural agency, COA values diversity and cooperation, and promotes growth and positive social interaction.

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909 E. North Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53212