The Gateways to Opportunity School-Age and Youth Development (SAYD) Credential Level 1 Training is part of Gateways to Opportunity, Illinois Professional Development System.  In addition, the SAYD Credential Level 1 is a stepping stone to the SAYD Credential Level 2.  For more information regarding SAYD Credentials 2-5 and all Gateways Credentials, please call 866-697-8278 or visit the website at

Thank you to all current and former contributors to this training.  The School-Age and Youth Development (SAYD) Credential Level 1 was created in 2010 to assist in demonstrating a statewide commitment to quality care.  The invaluable contributions in the creation and updates to this credential training have enabled the SAYD Credential Level 1 to remain an integral piece in the Gateways to Opportunity Professional Development System.

This training is Registry-approved and counts towards DCFS licensed program training hours for school-age and youth care.

At this time, Modules 1, 2a, 2b, 2c, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, and 5b are the only SAYD Credential Level 1 Training modules available online. Eventually all modules will be made available online. In the meantime, all unavailable modules must be completed face-to-face.  Contact your local CCR&R for more information.