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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Leadership Connections™ National Conference, presented by the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University, will take place May 11-14, 2016 at the Westin Hotel in Wheeling, IL.  


The Economic Policy Institute recently updated its research on the cost of child care. It found that the cost of infant care in Illinois is $444 more per year than in-state tuition for a 4-year public college. Click here to see more information.


Gateways to Opportunity offers many professional development opportunities including 15 online trainings that are ExceleRate-approved.  Check the i-learning website for details.