Greg Powell, as director of the Research and Evaluation Division of the National Head Start Association (NHSA), started and edited NHSA Research Quarterly. After several years, NHSA Research Quarterly was renamed the NHSA Dialog: A Research-to-Practice Journal for the Early Intervention Field. Greg Powell served as the first Editor. After a few years, Gregg recruited Faith Lamb-Parker who was then at Columbia University to serve as the journal’s second editor. In August 2002, Ben Allen succeeded Greg Powell as the Research and Evaluation Director at NHSA. Barbara Burns of the University of Kentucky succeeded Faith Lamb-Parker as its editor and served until 2007. Up until 2005, the journal was largely an in-house production, but Ben Allen, upon the advice of Dr. Edward Zigler at Yale University, sought out a major publisher for the journal to reduce productions costs and broaden its readership domestically and internationally. Under the sponsorship of NHSA, Ben Allen concluded a multi-year publication agreement with Taylor & Francis, LLC in 2006. Richard Lambert of UNC Charlotte has served as editor since 2008. NHSA sponsored the journal until 2012, Volume 15. Starting with Volume 16, Issue 1, 2013, the journal has become an open access online journal.
This journal is a publication of the NHSA and the CEME at UNC Charlotte.