Who is Gateways for?
Gateways to Opportunity is specifically designed to meet the needs of early care and education, school-age, and youth development professionals in Illinois who work in:
Early care and education (in family child care; center-based care; and relative, friend, and neighbor care)
Early childhood special education
Head Start/Early Head Start
Pre-kindergarten and Preschool for All
Child Care Resource & Referral
Other early childhood programs and settings
Before and after-school programs
Youth programs and services
Other school-age and youth development programs
Who is part of Gateways?
All early care and education, school-age, and youth development professionals are welcome to be a part of Gateways to Opportunity. Gateways is administered by the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (INCCRRA).
What are the benefits of Gateways?
Gateways provides a wealth of information and resources about state and local training opportunities, the higher education institution directory, financial aid, Statewide Online Training Calendar, Gateways Registry membership, and other professional resources. It provides Professional Development Advisors (PDAs) to mentor and coach practitioners toward early care and education and school-age care career goals. Additionally, Gateways to Opportunity connects eligible practitioners to programs such as Great START Wage supplement and Gateways Scholarship, and offers professional recognition through credentials.
What can Gateways do for my career?
Gateways to Opportunity provides a list of early care and education, school-age, and youth development careers, illustrating the wide scope of the profession. The job board lists openings at all levels throughout Illinois. Connect with a Professional Development Advisor (PDA) to develop or enhance an early care and education and/or school-age care career plan.
What training and educational opportunities are offered through Gateways?
Gateways to Opportunity provides information about professional development in one location from a comprehensive list of higher education institutions, through our Higher Education Institution Directory, that offer coursework in early childhood, in addition to links on training opportunities around the state. Qualified practitioners can find out how to obtain state-recognized credentials or how to pay for college coursework that leads to a wage supplement.
How can I learn more, get a brochure, or get further assistance?
Call toll-free: (866) 697-8278 or use the contact us for answers to your questions.
Where can I find information about Gateways Credentials?
Visit the Credential pages on this website.
Where can I find information about the Great START Wage Supplement program?
Visit the Great START pages on this website.
Where can I find information about the Gateways Scholarship Program?
Visit the Scholarship pages on this website.
Where can I find information about ESL/Bilingual education in Illinois?
Visit the Illinois State Board of Education website.
Where can I find information about the Illinois State License (formerly Type 04 Certification)?
All Teacher Licensing is done by the Illinois State Board of Education, visit their website or contact your Regional Office of Education.
What is an official transcript?
If INCCRRA already has official transcripts on file you do not need to resend.
Foreign evaluated transcripts and coursework will only be accepted from entities listed as a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member https://www.naces.org/members.