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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New State Fact Sheets from Child Care Aware of America provide data critical to child care advocates, policymakers, and program administrators. Data shows the cost, use and supply of child care in individual states, as well as family characteristics related to the need of child care, services provided by Child Care Resource and Referral agencies, and the child care workforce.  Click here for the full report. Illinois data begins on page 34. 


Do you have questions about Gateways Credentials?  Join us for an interactive telnet on Wednesday, August 6th from 1:00-2:00pm.  Call (866) 951-1151 and enter conference room #11338760 to join the conversation.


Illinois is making an additional investment in early learning and development providers who pursue continuous quality improvement with ExceleRate Illinois. Check out the new incentives for programs that make continuous quality improvement a priority!