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.





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Poor attendance in the 1st month of school can predict chronic absence later in the year. Attendance Works and United Way Worldwide are hosting a webinar on September 30, 2014 on The Power of Positive Connections: Reducing Chronic Absence Through PEOPLE.

The Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Grant will help to build infrastructure necessary to realize the vision of the grant, which is to increase the number of children who enter kindergarten ready to engage in a challenging curriculum by December 2016.  This report is an Annual Performance Review Summary for Year 1 of the three-year grant.

The Gateways Basic Transcript Review (BTR) records total number of credit hours earned from an accredited college or university. The BTR is completed on all official transcript(s) received by the Gateway Registry. Upon completion of the Review, your formal education will be reflected on your Professional Development Record (PDR) in sections 1 and 2.