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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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News

 

April 12–18 is the Week of the Young Child.  It is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families. Visit the NAEYC website for celebration ideas.

 

Illinois Action for Children’s 18th Annual Spring Into Action Conference will be held April 21–22 in Springfield, IL.

 

A Gateways to Opportunity Professional Development Advisor (PDA) will help you explore early care and education career options, professional development opportunities, relevant credentials, and sources of financial assistance for education and training—all for free!