Becoming Entitled for the School-Age and Youth Development Credential
The Gateways to Opportunity School-Age and Youth Development (SAYD) Credential highlights the quality, importance, and dedication of school-age & youth development professionals in Illinois. The SAYD Credential validates that school-age and youth development practitioners have the knowledge and education to provide quality programs.
School-Age and Youth Development Credential
- SAYD Entitled Application Introduction
- SAYD Entitled Application
- SAYD Competencies by Credential level and suggested role
- SAYD Competencies within Content Areas inclusive of Benchmarks
- SAYD Content Areas
- SAYD Toolbox
- SAYD Competency Framework
Illinois has a need for quality before and after-school programs. Developed in partnership with Teen REACH and the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), the SAYD Credential highlights provider qualifications and experience. There is currently insufficient coursework that leads to the Gateways School-Age and Youth Development Credential to meet the needs of providers throughout the state.