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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Voices for Illinois Children has published a report, Disparities in Access to Preschool in Illinois. The purpose of this report is to aid efforts to realize these benefits for children and communities across Illinois by providing an overview and analysis of existing preschool opportunities and outstanding needs in our state.

The 2014 Growing Futures Conference, hosted by the Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children will be held October 23-25, 2014 in Springfield.  Registration is now open!

Are you working in early care and education or school-age child care and need help paying for your college education? Check out the Gateways Scholarship Program.