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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A new police statement was recently released by the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services on the Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs.  Read the full policy statement, an executive summary, and recommendations for local providers and families.    


The 2015 Statewide Child Abuse Prevention Conference: Caring for Children– Caring for Families – Caring for Us will be held in Lisle, IL on October 8th and 9th.  


The Gateways to Opportunity Registry has launched a free smartphone app.  Registry members can now scan QR codes for sessions they attend at professional development conferences and view their Professional Development Record. Download the app for Android or iPhone, now!