Gateways to Opportunity is a statewide professional development support system designed to provide guidance, encouragement, and recognition to individuals and programs serving children, youth, and families. Resources and services provided by Gateways to Opportunity include Credentials, Professional Development Advisors, Great START, Gateways to Opportunity Registry, the Illinois Trainers Network, and Gateways to Opportunity Scholarship Program. For more information about Gateways to Opportunity, please click here.



New Links Provide Easier Access to Gateways Programs and Services

Become a Gateways Registry Member by clicking on the button (above right) for an online application. Online Registry membership forms can be completed in less than 15 minutes! You will then receive your Registry membership confirmation electronically. (If you would like to apply in Spanish, please print, complete the application, and follow the instructions to mail it in).

Apply for Gateways to Opportunity programs and services through a simplified application process. Click the Apply Now button on the right to access the one application page.


Looking for Gateways Registry-approved online training? Find it on the i-learning website. 



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The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment has published a report that provides a view of early childhood teaching workforce today compared to 25 years ago.  The report Worthy Work, STILL Unlivable Wages helps emphasize the importance of attracting and retaining a well-prepared workforce.


Turning Obstacles into Opportunities: Navigating the Tough Stuff will be presented by the Collaboration for Early Childhood on Saturday, February 27, 2016.  Discounted registration is available until February 12th.


If you have submitted an application to Gateways to Opportunity, you can see your application status online by logging into your Registry Member dashboard and clicking on the Apply Section.