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.


Current State Budget Information

At this time, the state of Illinois has not enacted a budget for Fiscal Year 2016. There is a great deal of uncertainty as to both, when, and at what amount, funds will be made available this coming year. Please note that, Gateways Programs are funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS).
For more information on Gateways Scholarship 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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INCCRRA is pleased to announce that Dan Harris is the new Executive Director. Dan will assume his new leadership role on September 8, 2015. View the press release that is being shared statewide!

Voices of Practitioners is a publication of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).  Each edition features articles, resources and tools to help promote the participation of early childhood teachers in teacher research.  The Summer 2015 edition is available online now.

All Illinois Home Visiting professionals are encouraged to join the Gateways Registry where they can track their professional development and experience all the benefits of Registry Membership.  Illinois’ Maternal,  Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) is administered by the Illinois Department of Human Services and the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development.