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.


Great START Waitlist

Great START funding is currently limited, and a waitlist for new applicants was implemented effective December 1, 2014.




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Gateways to Opportunity Programs and Services




A new brief from the ECDC, Linking Head Start Data with State Early Care and Education Coordinated Data Systems, examines the actions some states have taken in linking Head Start data to other state systems. 

The Heart of Illinois AEYC Spring Conference, Play in Peoria, Again! will be held April 17–18 at the Peoria Civic Center. 

Effective January 12, 2015, Professional Contributions are no longer required when applying for the following Gateways to Opportunity Credentials:  Illinois Director Credential, ECE Credential Levels 2-5 and Infant Toddler Credential Levels 2-5. Professional Contributions are required upon credential renewal.