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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ExceleRate Illinois Orientation for Licensed Child Care is available online.  This orientation provides an interactive overview of our state-wide quality rating and improvement system.

The BUILD Initiative conducted a survey of states with regard to their quality rating and improvement system (QRIS).  Their brief of Aligning QRIS and CCR&R Goals to Support a High Quality Early Learning System talks about how state leaders can best partner with CCR&Rs to achieve quality goals. 

The Opening Minds Early Education, Child Care, and School Age Conference and Expo Regular Registration deadline is December 18, 2015. Visit their website to register now for the January 2016 Conference.