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Janette Pelletier

Professor (CSE/DPE)

Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study

Room 307, 45 Walmer Rd.
Tel: 416-934-4506
Fax: 416-934-4500



  • Early child development
  • Education and policy
  • Early literacy and cognitive development
  • Parent involvement
  • Family literacy
  • Teachers’ beliefs and practices
  • French immersion
Janette Pelletier

Research Interests


My research interests are in the area of early child development and education. I have been examining how parent involvement relates to children’s learning in kindergarten and primary classes. A related area of research is young children’s developing understanding of print communication through writing and drawing. I am also interested in how developing metacognitive awareness relates to story comprehension and to home literacy practices. Toronto First Duty, Best Start and Full-Day Kindergarten research describes the design, implementation and evaluation of innovative integrated approaches to kindergarten, child care and parenting supports.


Applied/Clinical Interests

I am a former elementary classroom teacher in English and French immersion contexts and a former school psychologist. My research is carried out in and applies directly to kindergarten and primary classrooms. I am also engaged in program and policy research in the area of early learning and care.

Research Projects/Activities

Evaluation of Full-Day Early Learning in Kindergarten (Region of Peel 2010-2014)
Lasting Effects of Family Literacy Programs in Early Childhood (SSHRC 2011-2015)
Toronto First Duty: See http://www.toronto.ca/firstduty

For more information please contact Dr. Pelletier at janette.pelletier@utoronto.ca

Specialty Courses 

HDP1211: Psychological Foundations of Early Development & Education [see: http://hdap.oise.utoronto.ca/jpelletier/hdp1211.doc] 
Flex-Mode [see: http://flexmode.oise.utoronto.ca/HDP1211/Welcome.html]

HDP2210: Introduction to Curriculum: Kindergarten [see: http://hdap.oise.utoronto.ca/jpelletier/hdp2210.doc] 

Representative Publications

Pelletier, J. (2011 in press). New directions in integrated early childhood services in school-as hub models: Lessons from Toronto First Duty and Peel Best Start. To appear in N. Howe and L. Prochner (Eds.), New Directions in Early Childhood Care and Education in Canada. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press.

Pelletier, J. (2011). School-based family literacy intervention programs. Research for Teachers. Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario. Available online: http://www.etfo.ca/Resources/ResearchForTeachers/Pages/default.asp

Arimura, T. N., Corter, C., Pelletier, J. Janmohamed, Z., Patel, S., Ioannone, P., & Mir, S. (2011). Schools as integrated hubs for young children and families: A Canadian experiment in community readiness: the Toronto First Duty project. In D. M. Laverick & M. Jalongo (Eds.), Transitions to Early Care and Education: International Perspectives on Making Schools Ready for Young Children. Springer International, 189-202.

Pelletier, J., Hipfner-Boucher, K., & Doyle, A. (2011 in press). The use of metacognitive language in story retell: The intersect between theory of mind and story comprehension. In A. Antonietti, E. Confalonieri, & A. Marchetti (Eds.), Cognitive and social development in educational settings: Recent issues in theory, research and application. Studies in honour of Olga Liverta-Sempio. Madrid, SP: Cambridge University Press. (still in press after 1 year)

Pelletier, J., Doyle, A., & Hipfner-Boucher, K. (2010). Family Literacy in Action: A Guide for Literacy Program Facilitators. Toronto, ON: Scholastic Education. (book)

Corter, C. & Pelletier, J. (2010). Schools as integrated service hubs for young children and families: Policy implications of the Toronto First Duty Project. International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy, 4, (2), 1-17.

Harper, S. & Pelletier, J. (2010). Parent involvement in early childhood: a comparison of English language learners and English first language families. International Journal of Early Years Education, 18(2), 123-141.

Janmohamed, Z., & Pelletier, J. (2010). Implementing early learning programs in Ontario schools: Lessons from Toronto First Duty and Peel Best Start. Ontario Principals Council Register, June, 17-20. Toronto, Ontario.

Zhang, J., Pelletier, J., & Doyle, A. (2010). Promising effects of an intervention: Young children’s literacy gains and changes in their home literacy activities from a bilingual family literacy program in Canada. Frontiers of Education in China, 5(3), 1-23.

Zhang, J. & Pelletier, J. (2009). Assessing kindergarten children’s conceptions of print in China and Canada: A cross-cultural comparison. Hong Kong Journal of Education, Special Issue on Learning and Assessment in Early Childhood, 8(1), 6-13.

Corter, C., & Pelletier, J. (2009). Toronto First Duty Phase 2 Final Report. http://www.toronto.ca/firstduty/reports.htm

Pelletier, J. (2008). The role of parents, families and caregivers in young children's literacy development: A review of programs and research. Peer-reviewed policy paper. London, ON: The Canadian Language and Literacy Research Network. Available online at: www.cllrnet.ca/NSEL.

Harper, S. & Pelletier, J. (2008). Investigating gender and language issues in early literacy: Group differences in children’s ability to infer meaning. The Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 26(2), 185-194.

Corter, C., Patel, S., Pelletier, J., & Bertrand, J. (2008). The Early Development Instrument as an evaluation and improvement tool for school-based, integrated services for young children and parents: the Toronto First Duty Project. Early Education and Development, 19(5), 1-22.

Patel, S., Corter, C., & Pelletier, J. (2008). What do Families Want? Understanding their goals for early childhood services. In M. Cornish (Ed.) Promising Practices for Partnering with Families In the Early Years (pp. 103-135). Family School Community Partnership Monograph series. Information Age Publishing.

Pelletier, J., Corter, C., & Morley, E. (2007). Training inquiring teachers: A laboratory school model of preservice graduate education at the Institute of Child Study. Education and Citizenship, 6(1), 29-38.

Pelletier, J. & Lasenby, J. (2007). Writing development among young English-speaking children. L1 Educational Studies in Language and Literature, Special Issue on Invented Spelling, 7(3), 81-107. 

Pelletier, J., Halewood, C., & Reeve, R. (2006). Young children’s knowledge-building and literacy development through Knowledge Forum®. Early Education and Development, 17(3), 323–346. 

Pelletier, J. (2006). Relations among theory of mind, metacognitive language, reading skills and higher order story comprehension in L1 and L2 learners. In A. Antonietti, O.Liverta- Sempio, A.Marchetti (Eds.), Theory of Mind and Language in Developmental Conexts (pp. 77-92). New York, NY: Springer Publishers. 

Pelletier, J., & Corter, C. (2006). Integration, Innovation, and Evaluation in School-Based Early Childhood Services. In B. Spodek and O. Sarracho (Eds.), Handbook of research on the education of young children. Third Edition (pp. 477-496). Matwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Pelletier, J. & Corter, C. (2005). Design, implementation and outcomes of a school readiness program for diverse families. The School Community Journal, 15 (1), 89-116. 

Pelletier, J. & Corter, C. (2005). Toronto First Duty: Integrating Kindergarten, Childcare and Parenting Supports to help Diverse Families Connect to Schools. The Multicultural Education Journal, Special Issue on Families and Multicultural Education, 13(2) 30-37. 

Corter, C., & Pelletier, J. (2005). Parent and community involvement in schools: Policy panacea or pandemic? In N. Bascia, A. Cumming, A. Datnow, K. Leithwood and D. Livingstone (Eds.), International handbook of educational policy (pp. 295-327). Dordrecht, the Netherlands: Kluwer. 

Astington, J. W. & Pelletier, J. (2005). Theory of mind, language, and learning in the early years: Developmental origins of school readiness. In B. D. Homer & C. Tamis-Lemonda (Eds.), The development of social cognition and communication (pp. 205-230). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum. 

Representative Keynote Addresses & Webcasts

Pelletier, J. (May 26, 2011). Literacy Through Play: Partnerships with Families. Early Literacy Hamilton conference. Brock University, Hamilton campus.

Pelletier, J. (January 18, 2011). Peel Best Start Research and Evaluation: What did we learn? Keynote address. HJA Brown Education Centre, Peel District School Board, Mississauga, Ontario.

Pelletier, J., Morley, E., & Riehl, D. (Oct. 4, 2010). Webcast: What is the role of play in human learning? Pan-Canadian Webcast. The Canadian Network for Leadership in Education and Early Learning and Care, Toronto, ON.

Pelletier, J. (Sept. 27, 2010). The Importance of Family Literacy in the Early Years. Keynote address to the Infant Mental Health Promotion conference, Connecting Language, Literacy and Mental Health. Toronto, ON: The Hospital for Sick Children. Pan-Canadian webcast.

Pelletier, J. (April 10, 2010). Family Literacy. Keynote address to the Love of Literacy Conference, Burlington, ON.

Pelletier, J. (Nov. 18, 2009). Early Learning in Ontario: A conversation on the implementation of Charles Pascal’s recent report to the Premier of Ontario. Invited panel presentation for the 2009 R. W. B. Jackson Lecture, Great Hall, Hart House, University of Toronto.

Pelletier, J. (Nov. 4, 2009). Research to policy: How research evidence from school-based community interventions informs early years policy.” Invited colloquium talk, Department of Human Development and Applied Psychology, OISE/University of Toronto.

Pelletier, J. (Nov. 2, 2009). Best Start Peel: Research and Evaluation Presentation. Keynote address. Peel District School Board, Mississauga, Ontario.

Pelletier, J. (with Carl Corter) (October 28, 2009). "From Pascal to the Premier to Partnerships: Evidence for outcomes and keeping the vision alive." Invited address to Best Start Temiskaming: Best Start – Celebrating Partnerships Conference, North Bay.

Pelletier, J. (Sept. 28, 2009). Promoting home literacy to support early learning in Peel. Keynote address. Peel Region Council Chambers, Brampton, Ontario.

Pelletier, J. (December 5, 2008). What’s happening in early years programs and research? An overview of evidence from local university-school board partnerships. Keynote address to the Association of Educational Researchers of Ontario (AERO). Old Mill, Toronto, ON.

Pelletier, J. (September 22, 2008). Community networking for family literacy. Keynote address. Falling Into Literacy Conference, sponsored by Speech Services Niagara. Niagara Falls, ON.

Pelletier, J. (March 17, 2008). Community networking for family literacy: Program design, implementation and evaluation. Keynote address. Banff International Conference on the Behavioural Sciences. Banff, AB.

Pelletier, J. & Corter, C. (March 8, 2007). Promoting Family Literacy in Diverse Canadian Contexts. Invited address. Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand.

Pelletier, J. (January 24, 2006). Promoting Family Literacy through Home-School Partnerships During the Transition to School. Keynote address. University of Toronto: Centre for Community Partnerships Seminar Series.

Pelletier, J. (Nov. 2, 2004). Ask the Experts: OISE/UT website – November 2004. Topic: What five things do young children need most to succeed in school?

Pelletier, J. (June 25, 2004). Supporting coping and competence: What works? Keynote Address. Summer Institute on Early Childhood Development. George Brown College & the Atkinson Centre for Early Childhood Development, OISE/UT.

Pelletier, J. (Feb. 3, 2004). How boys and girls learn and how to support them. Invited keynote address to the parents of Fern Hill Private School. Oakville, ON.

Pelletier, J. (15 November, 2002). School readiness for diverse families in Peel. Invited Keynote Address to School and Community Symposium. Understanding Early Years Project, Peel District, Mississauga, Ontario.

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