Call (866) 697-8278 or contact us via our online form. Gateways staff will pair you with a PDA who fits your needs. Advisement may include face-to-face meetings, phone calls, or e-mail support.

If you would like to explore your career options in the field and work on a career plan, a PDA can be a guide, mentor, and advisor. PDAs have extensive experience and are a great resource for anyone who wants to learn more about early care and education or school-age care opportunities.
PDA services are free.
PDAs are familiar with college and university programs that offer teacher certifications required to teach in Illinois public schools. Read more about Professional Educator Licensure.
Technical assistance such as learning more about requirements and procedures to open your home care business is available through your local Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) Agency.
PDAs have extensive experience, knowledge and serve as great resources for anyone who is just getting started in the fields of early care and education, school-age, Head Start, and Early Head Start. PDAs can also serve as a mentor and advisor in developing your career path as well as a guide to any questions regarding degrees, credentials, certifications, jobs, etc.
PDAs can assist by guiding you to specific licensing regulations and other information about center staff requirements, which qualify you to work at a child care center in Illinois.
PDAs can lead you to resources that will help inform you about these credentials.
PDAs are familiar with early care and education and school-age degree programs. The majority of advisors have completed their master’s degree and are available to share their knowledge on how to complete a college degree.
Excelerate Program

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.