Gateways to Opportunity Credentials
Gateways Credentials are symbols of professional achievement that validate knowledge and skills, experience, and contributions in early care and education, infants and toddlers, and/or administration. View the Gateways credential orientation below for an overview of the Gateways credentials and process.
Have questions about Gateways Credentials?
Join a Gateways Credential counselor and other ECE professionals for a one hour telnet to discuss and ask questions about Gateways Credentials. Telnets are scheduled for the first Wednesday of each month (October 1st, November 5th and December 3rd) from 1:00–2:00PM. Call (866) 951.1151 (Conference room #7455432) to join the discussion.
To request a presentation about Gateways Credentials, please complete the Gateways to Opportunity Credentials Presentation Request.
These credentials can be earned by:
Gateways to Opportunity credentials were signed into law, effective July 1, 2009. Gateways credentials are awarded and recognized by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Bureau of Child Care and Development. Gateways offers a variety of credentials to professionals in the field of early care and education, school-age, and youth development: