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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The Licensing Standards for Day Care Centers have changed!   Questions about the new requirements in Rule 407 regarding Day Care Center Director qualifications, Radon testing, Mandated reporter training, lead paint and asbestos removal, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) should be directed to your center’s day care licensing representative.


Decades of research have identified substantial benefits from participation in high-quality preschool programs for both individual children and their communities.  Disparities in Access to Preschool in Illinois: Overview of Key Findings, from Voices for Illinois Children, summarizes findings from a study of disparities in access to preschool in Illinois.


The Gateways Registry online course, “Are You Lost in the Missing Zone?” will help you learn how to use your Gateways Registry membership. This training will explain what a Professional Development Record (PDR) is, how to develop your own Gateways PDR and how to access it on-line.  Visit the i-learning website to register for this course.