Gateways to Opportunity Scholarship Program

The State of Illinois signed into law SB2042 HAM#3, which allows some federal funds to come to IDHS Programs. Based on this law, Gateways Scholarships will be available for use effective immediately.  If you began classes after July 1, 2015 and paid for them you may be reimbursed.  Your Scholarship Counselor will contact you.

If you have questions, please call (866) 697-8278 and ask for a Gateways Scholarship Counselor.


The Gateways to Opportunity Scholarship Program is an individual-based scholarship opportunity for eligible practitioners working in Early Care and Education (ECE) or school-age care programs. The Gateways Scholarship Program will pay a percentage of tuition and fees dependent upon availability of funding. Goals of the program include:

  • Enabling practitioners to continue education in ECE and to earn degrees, certificates, endorsements, or credentials.
  • Promoting increased earning ability through increased education.
  • Improving the quality and consistency of care received by children in licensed child care or school-age care settings.

The Gateways Scholarship Program is administered by the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (INCCRRA) and funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Bureau of Child Care and Development and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).




Gateways to Opportunity is funded by public and private support including the McCormick Foundation, the Grand Victoria Foundation,    

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