Professional Development for early care and education practitioners in Illinois is the primary focus of Gateways to Opportunity. We support your professional development through a variety of programs and areas.
Search for early care and education, school-age, youth development and family support job opportunities in your area or if you are an employer, you can post your open positions here. Open positions are added frequently, so check back often.
Information about colleges and universities that offer course work in ECE or child development. Find out how to become an Entitled Institution and offer Gateways Credentials to your students.
Free advising service for ECE and School-Age professionals. Directors, you can request advising for your whole staff with our Center Advising option.
Statewide committee of key stakeholders from a wide variety of child related industries who work to advance the field of early care and education, school-age, youth development and family support.
Early Childhood Competency-Based Preparation Pathway
Strategic Plan 2018-2022 Operational Plan 2018-2022
ExceleRate Illinois helps you prepare children for success in school and in life.
It also provides standards, guidelines, resources and supports to help you make sensible changes that lead to better quality outcomes for children.