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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Let’s Talk About It:  The Importance of Language Development is the focus of The 39th Annual Early Childhood Conference to be held at Concordia University Chicago.  The conference is scheduled for Friday, August 7th from 8am–3:30pm. Visit their website for details and registration information.